Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

bald-faced

Definition:(adjective) Brash; undisguised.
Synonyms:brazen, insolent, audacious, barefaced, bodacious, brassy
Usage: John's excuse for missing work was such a bald-faced lie that his boss immediately fired him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Possession

If two or more nouns (usually people) are shown to have possession of something in a sentence, the placement of the apostrophe changes depending on whether they possess the thing together or separately. This is known as "compound possession." If the people share possession of the same thing, then only one apostrophe is used with the last person listed. If the people possess two separate things, where are apostrophes placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Murderball

Originally called murderball, wheelchair rugby, or quad rugby, as it's called in the US, is a sport that combines elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, and handball. Played on an indoor hardwood court, it is a contact sport, and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. The sport was created in 1977 by five Canadian wheelchair athletes who designed it for quadriplegic players with a wide range of functional ability levels. How are points scored in quad rugby? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Flu Pandemic Begins (1918)

One of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the Spanish flu was first observed at Fort Riley, Kansas, which was home to some of the tens of thousands of soldiers waiting to be deployed to Europe for combat in World War I. It came to be known as the Spanish flu after spreading to Spain, but its reach was global. Estimates vary, but at least 20 million people died from the pandemic. What was the only sizable, inhabited place in the world that had no documented outbreak? More...
Today's Birthday

Douglas Adams (1952)

Best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978 and was thereafter adapted for a series of bestselling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game, and several stage productions, Douglas Adams was a talented writer and musician. Though his career was cut short by a fatal heart attack, he left behind a creative legacy that includes the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." What is it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

make game of (someone or something)

To ridicule, mock, or tease someone or something; to make fun of someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Moshoeshoe's Day (2018)

Moshoeshoe (c. 1790-1870) was a leader in South Africa who organized a group of tribes to fight the Zulu warlord Shaka. He called his followers the Basotho people, and although they succeeded in fending off the Zulu, they were drawn into war with Europeans who started settling their territory. In 1966, the Basotho nation became the independent kingdom of Lesotho within the British Commonwealth. The Basotho people honor their founder on this day with a wreath-laying ceremony in the capital city of Maseru, along with sporting events and traditional music and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pod

pod - A group of whales (or seals or dolphins), or a small flock of birds. More...

boll weevil - From Old English wifel, "beetle," and boll, the pod of the cotton plant, which this beetle attacks. More...

chalice - From Latin calix, "cup," and Greek kalux, "pod." More...

vanilla - Once thought to be an aphrodisiac because its pod resembled the vagina; its name comes from the Spanish for "little vagina." More...

In the News

Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests

Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form. Diabetes - or uncontrolled blood sugar levels - is normally split into type 1 and type 2. But researchers in Sweden and Finland think the more complicated ... More...
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