Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

lissom

Definition:(adjective) Moving and bending with ease.
Synonyms:lithe, lithesome, supple, sylphlike, svelte, slender
Usage: The boys were batting at the nets, and they were lissom and strong and active.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional verbs vs. phrasal verbs

Sometimes, a prepositional verb may be mistaken for a phrasal verb. Although both combinations appear to be very similar, you can differentiate them by examining their meaning. Prepositional verbs use the literal meanings of verbs. What about phrasal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

James "Honest Dick" Tate

As state treasurer of Kentucky, James "Honest Dick" Tate had a spotless reputation that earned him reelection every two years for two decades. The true irony of Tate's nickname was only revealed in 1888—34 years after he first entered public office—when he absconded with funds from the state treasury. It is estimated that between his shoddy bookkeeping, embezzlement, and outright theft, Tate misappropriated nearly $250,000. He was later impeached and indicted. Was "Honest Dick" ever captured? More...
This Day in History

Tilden Wins Popular Vote, Loses US Presidential Election (1877)

One of the most disputed presidential elections in American history was decided by a single electoral vote, which was likely awarded in an informal deal behind closed doors. Democratic candidate Samuel J. Tilden not only won the popular vote in the 1876 election, but secured 184 electoral votes to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes's 165—until a bitter, months-long political battle ended with Hayes being awarded 20 contested votes. What did the Democrats gain in the so-called Compromise of 1877? More...
Today's Birthday

Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

make a hole in (something)

To take, use up, or deplete a large amount of money available in something, such as a budget, one's wallet, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Lantern Festival (Yuan Hsiao Chieh) (2018)

The Lantern Festival is a festival of lights that ends the Chinese New Year celebrations and marks the first full moon of the new lunar year. On the night of the festival, the streets are bright with both lanterns and streamers, and people go out in throngs to see the displays. Other customs include eating round, stuffed dumplings and solving "lantern riddles"—riddles that are written on pieces of paper and stuck to the lanterns. In many areas, children parade with lanterns of all shapes and sizes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tree trunk

pirogue - A canoe made from a tree trunk. More...

tree ring - Any of the concentric rings of the cross-section of a tree trunk, representing a year's growth, or the layer of wood produced by a year's growth in a woody plant; also called annual ring. More...

block - Derives from Middle Dutch blok, "tree trunk." More...

snag - Literally first meant a stump on a tree trunk or a piece of timber underwater that obstructed navigation. More...

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