Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

syncope

Definition:(noun) A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon.
Synonyms:deliquium, faint, swoon
Usage: She was an enormous flirt, laughing at all the men's jokes and even feigning syncope to garner their concern.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. We form comparative adverbs either by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the base adverb, or by adding what ending to the base adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Honor Among Thieves: The Pirate Code

In the second half of the 17th century, buccaneers began operating under a set of rules that eventually became known as Articles of Agreement, or the Pirate's Code. While the rules generally varied from one captain to another, most contained provisions for discipline, specifications for each crewmate's share of treasure, and rules regarding compensation for injury. According to records of the code, what was the punishment for striking another man while in the service of Captain John Phillips? More...
This Day in History

Canter & Siegel Post the First Commercial Mass Usenet Spam (1994)

Spam is now a ubiquitous part of the Internet, but that was not always the case. Early in the Internet age, two enterprising immigration lawyers—Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel—opened the floodgates of unwanted online commercial solicitation when they posted an ad for their services on thousands of Usenet newsgroups. Though not the first Usenet spam, the "Green Card Lottery" notice was the first to be commercial in nature and ushered in the modern era of Internet spam. What became of the duo? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550)

A brilliantly gifted linguist and one of the most dashing figures of his time, Oxford was also reckless, hot-tempered, and disastrously spendthrift. He was the patron of an acting company and wrote highly praised poems and plays in his earlier years, though none of the plays are known to have survived. He is considered by some to be the true author of Shakespeare's plays, since his own literary output apparently ceased just before Shakespeare's began. Which of his writings have survived? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

the meat of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Halifax Day (2018)

Also known as Halifax Resolves Day, Halifax Resolutions Day, Halifax Independence Day, or Halifax Resolutions of Independence Day, this is the day on which, in the spring of 1776, North Carolina's delegates to the Second Continental Congress were given permission to join with representatives from other colonies in declaring their independence from British rule. The Halifax Resolutions helped lay the groundwork for the American Revolution. Halifax Day observances take place in Halifax with reenactments and living history camps. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tie

dogfall - A draw or tie. More...

dead heat - If two horses tied in a heat, the heat did not count and was called "dead"; now any tie can be called a dead heat. More...

knit - Literally first meant "tie with or in a knot." More...

moor - Meaning "tie up a boat," it was probably borrowed from German or Dutch. More...

In the News

Should Food Labels Include Exercise "Equivalents"? - CNN

Imagine you're choosing between two different boxes of cookies at the grocery store. One has a label informing you that you could burn off the calories in a serving by jogging for 10 minutes, while the label on the other box says you would have ... More...
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