Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

confabulate

Definition:(verb) To talk casually.
Synonyms:chat, natter
Usage: Three old friends met in a café to confabulate together.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitives

An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is "unmarked" (not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle "to." What is a split infinitive? More...
Article of the Day

Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)

ESP is an alleged ability to acquire information by means other than the five main senses of taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing. The term implies sources of information unknown to science. Types of ESP include clairvoyance, aura reading, telepathy, and astral projection. The study of such phenomena is often dubbed "parapsychology." Zener cards were a common research tool for parapsychologists in the early 20th century. What is drawn on each card, and how are they used? More...
This Day in History

Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic, did what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

born in the purple

Born into royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty. More...
Today's Holiday

Hola Mohalla (2019)

Hola Mohalla is a three-day Sikh festival celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, on the day after Holi, the colorful water-tossing springtime festival. Mock battles with ancient weapons are staged, and there are also exhibitions of traditional martial arts like archery and fencing. The important Sikh prophet, Guru Gobind Singh, started this fair sometime between 1680 and 1700. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stalk

stipe - A stalk or stem of a seaweed, fungus, or fern frond. More...

cranberry - First crane berry, so named because the plant grows on a stalk that looks like a crane's neck. More...

spire - In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem." More...

stalk - In a car, the flexible arm holding the mounting by which a seatbelt is secured. More...

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