Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

tatterdemalion

Definition:(noun) A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing.
Synonyms:ragamuffin
Usage: It was a crew of tatterdemalions that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses that are joined using a conjunction and/or punctuation. How can we determine if two clauses can be joined in a compound sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision devices (NVDs) are optical instruments that allow for vision in the dark by detecting visible and infrared energy and providing a visible image. Although they are available to civilians, goggles and other NVDs are typically used by law enforcement agencies and the military. Introduced in the 20th century, NVDs have been used widely since the Vietnam War. They also played a key role in Operation Neptune Spear—the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What was the “snooperscope”? More...
This Day in History

The Station Nightclub Fire (2003)

Moments after the band Great White took the stage at the Station nightclub in Rhode Island, sparks from one of the group's pyrotechnic devices—of which the nightclub was unaware—ignited the highly flammable sound insulation around the stage. The nightclub, which had no sprinklers, was engulfed in minutes, trapping many inside. One hundred people were killed, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in US history. How many people faced criminal charges in the aftermath of the tragedy? More...
Today's Birthday

Tony Wilson (1950)

Beginning in the late 1970s, the English city of Manchester became the epicenter of a vibrant music scene that produced such seminal bands as Joy Division, Happy Mondays, and the Stone Roses. One of the key people behind the Manchester scene was Wilson, a record label owner, club manager, and journalist. The 2002 film 24 Hour Party People is based on his life. Despite his widespread influence, he made little money from his work and was unable to pay for what expensive medical treatment? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

luck in

To be very lucky or fortunate; to experience particularly good luck. (A nonstandard variant of "luck out.") More...
Today's Holiday

First week of Lent (2018)

It wasn't until the ninth century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: months

fetus - A human embryo starts to be called a fetus at nine weeks. More...

Catholic twins - Siblings born within 12 months of each other. More...

half-birthday - One's half-birthday is the day exactly six months before or after one's real birth date. More...

semester - First meant six months, as it comes from Latin semestris, "of six months." More...

In the News

University Accidentally Accepts, then Rejects, Hundreds

Roughly 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University's graduate program in computer science received word this week of their acceptance into the program, one of the country's elite—only to find out the next day that the acceptance emails had been sent in error. A spokesman for the school attributed the error to "serious mistakes" in the school's system. Mishaps with acceptance letters have become all too common in recent years, perhaps most notoriously at the University of California at San Diego, which in 2009 sent acceptance emails to all 46,000 applicants. More...
November '18
SMTWTFS
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 
September '18
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      
February '18
SMTWTFS
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   
December '17
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
July '17
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
April '17
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      
February '17
SMTWTFS
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    
October '16
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
July '16
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
January '16
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
August '15
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
May '15
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31