Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

varlet

Definition:(noun) A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.
Synonyms:knave, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scallywag
Usage: What a brazen-fac'd varlet art thou, to deny thou knowest me!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Past Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the past tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a point in time in the past. When is the past perfect continuous used? More...
Article of the Day

Vulcan Nerve Pinch

In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vulcan nerve pinch is a technique used mainly by members of the humanoid species known as Vulcans to render an opponent unconsciousness by pinching the subclavian nerve at the base of his neck with all four fingers opposing the thumb. In computing, the phrase is used as slang term referring to certain keyboard combinations—such as Control+Alt+Delete. What politician was once accused of using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch in an altercation with a rapper? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Los Angeles (1942)

The "Battle of Los Angeles" is the name given by contemporary sources to the imaginary enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage that took place over Los Angeles, California, just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reports of an imminent strike on the city led to the sounding of air raid sirens, the imposition of a blackout, and the firing of 1,400 shells at supposed Japanese aircraft, killing several US civilians. What may have actually prompted the bombardment? More...
Today's Birthday

Winslow Homer (1836)

A preeminent figure in American art, Homer was a largely self-taught landscape painter and printmaker. He trained as a lithographer, then became a freelance illustrator. As a correspondent for Harper's Weekly, he won international acclaim for his depictions of the Civil War battlefront. In 1876, he abandoned illustration to devote himself to painting, later settling in coastal Maine, where the local people and seascapes became the focus of his art. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

yell silently

To think angry thoughts without verbalizing them. More...
Today's Holiday

The Daytona 500 (2019)

The Daytona 500 is the richest of the four biggest NASCAR Sprint Cup races. It's the final event of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, which lasts more than two weeks. The speedway is a 2.5-mile oval, and racers must complete 200 laps. The Daytona Speedway, which has a seating capacity of 102,900, has been operating since 1959, but stock-car racing at Daytona dates back to 1936, and car racing has been going on here since the early days of cars. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snake

squamous, squamulose - A fish or snake can be squamous or squamulose—covered with minute scales. More...

adder - A snake, it was first "a nadder," which was misanalyzed to "an adder." More...

snark - A blend of snake and shark by Lewis Carroll, it is a synonym for "snore" or "snort." More...

tang - The tongue of a snake. More...

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