Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

ascetic

Definition:(noun) A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
Synonyms:abstainer
Usage: His rough clothes and starved frame gave him the look of an ascetic, and he refused the food they tried to give him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participles

Participles are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives or gerunds or can be used to form the continuous tenses and the perfect tenses of verbs. There are two participle forms—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

The San

The San are an indigenous people of Africa, mainly found in Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. Once nomadic hunters and gatherers of wild food in desolate areas like the Kalahari Desert of southwest Africa, most of the San now live in settlements and work on cattle ranches or farms. The San have a rich folklore, are skilled in drawing, and have a remarkably complex language characterized by the use of clicks. What plant used by the San has been patented, and why? More...
This Day in History

The Armory Show Opens in New York City (1913)

The Armory Show was an international exhibition of modern art held in 1913 at the 69th-regiment armory in New York City. Representing a range of avant-garde movements in Europe, the show was one of the most important art exhibitions ever held in the US. The Armory Show aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. What painting at the exhibition was singled out by hostile critics as emblematic of the so-called insanity and degeneracy of modern art? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas John Watson, Sr. (1874)

After rising from clerk to sales executive in the National Cash Register Co., Watson became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which made scales, time clocks, and tabulators that sorted information using punched cards—all forerunners of mainframe computers. Watson renamed the company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924 and became its chairman in 1949, widening IBM's line to include electronic computers. What one-word motto did Watson promote at IBM? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fate alone saw the meaning of the web it wove, the might of it, and its place in the making of a world's history.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

without letup

Without slowing down or stopping. More...
Today's Holiday

Bonden Festival (2017)

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine. The bonden is a ten-foot bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege of offering its bonden to the kami, or god. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swindle

confidence trick - First a swindle in which the victim was persuaded to entrust money or valuables to the swindler. More...

swindler, swindle - Swindler and swindle are from German Schwindler, "promoter of wild schemes; cheat." More...

chizz - To chizz someone is to cheat or swindle them. More...

honeyfugle, honeyfuggle - To honeyfugle or honeyfuggle is to dupe, deceive, or swindle. More...

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