Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

jodhpurs

Definition:(noun) Wide-hipped riding pants of heavy cloth, fitting tightly from knee to ankle.
Synonyms:riding breeches
Usage: When she opened the box and saw the neatly folded jodhpurs inside, she knew that her parents were finally going to allow her to take riding lessons.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that Start with Prepositions

Most idioms that start with prepositions are prepositional phrases and consist of a preposition followed by a noun or noun phrase. How can this type of prepositional idiom be used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Devils Hole Pupfish

One of the rarest species in the world, the Devils Hole pupfish is native to a single, unlikely habitat: Devils Hole, a geothermal, aquifer-fed pool within a limestone cavern in Nevada's Amargosa Desert. Due to its precarious existence, the 22,000-year-old species has been the subject of considerable attention. Scientists closely monitor the population, which fluctuates throughout the year and has, at times, dipped as low as 40. Why have some pupfish been removed from Devils Hole? More...
This Day in History

Significant Oil Reservoirs Discovered in Saudi Arabia (1938)

Prior to 1938, Saudi Arabia was not considered an oil-rich nation. Today, the oil industry dominates its economy, making up 90 percent of all Saudi exports. Oil was first discovered there in the mid-1930s by the US-owned Arabian Standard Oil Company, which became the Arabian American Oil Company. However, it was not until 1938 that a commercially viable oil field was found, yielding one of the largest supplies in the world. How large are Saudi Arabia's oil reserves estimated to be? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Ponzi (1882)

Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial? More...
Quotation of the Day
No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

make a leg

obsolete To make a show of obeisance or fealty by bowing deeply (drawing one's right leg back in the process). More...
Today's Holiday

Hina Matsuri (2018)

Hina Matsuri is a festival for girls, celebrated in homes throughout Japan since the Edo Period (1600-1867). A set of 10 to 15 dolls (or hina), usually family heirlooms from various generations, is displayed on a stand covered with red cloth. Dressed in elaborate costumes, the dolls represent the emperor and empress, court ministers and servants. In parts of Tottori Prefecture, girls make boats of straw, place a pair of paper dolls in them and set them afloat on the Mochigase River. This custom dates back to ancient times when dolls were used as talismans to exorcize evil. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rude

cullion - A rude, mean-spirited person. More...

bronco - Spanish for "rough, rude." More...

erudite - Meaning "having or showing knowledge," it traces to Latin eruditus/erudire, "bring out of an untrained state," with the base being rudis, "untrained; rude." More...

hoyden - Can be applied to rude, ignorant people. More...

In the News

Eating 'better' is better than counting calories for weight loss, study finds

Paying attention to the quality of the food is more effective for weight loss than religiously counting calories, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford University found there is no significant difference in weight change between a healthy ... More...
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