Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

pleonastic

Definition:(adjective) Repetition of the same sense in different words.
Synonyms:redundant, tautological
Usage: "A true fact" and "a free gift" are pleonastic expressions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Third Conditional

Third conditional sentences have a past perfect verb in the "if clause" and have a past participle verb in the main clause, preceded by the auxiliary verbs "would have." What do third conditional sentences describe? More...
Article of the Day

Moses Montefiore

Montefiore was a famous 19th century British-Jewish philanthropist. He was connected through marriage to the famed Rothschild family and became affiliated with the family's banking business. After accumulating a fortune on the London stock exchange, he retired at age 40 to devote himself to philanthropy and to securing political and civil emancipation for Jews in England, founding a hospital and girls' school in Jerusalem in 1855. Montefiore was knighted by what queen? More...
This Day in History

Sverdlovsk Anthrax Leak (1979)

Known as the "biological Chernobyl," the accidental release of anthrax at a Russian military facility in Sverdlovsk—now Yekaterinburg—roughly 900 mi (1,450 km) east of Moscow, sickened and killed around 100 people. The exact number of victims remains unknown because, as part of the Soviet government's cover-up of the incident, which it blamed on tainted meat, all of the victims' medical records were destroyed. What fortuitous weather condition likely prevented a much greater loss of life? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Casanova (1725)

Although his name is now synonymous with philandering playboys, Casanova was initially a man of the church. Expelled from an Italian seminary for scandalous conduct, he was later denounced as a magician and imprisoned. He escaped and traveled widely before becoming a spy for Venetian inquisitors. His huge autobiography, first published in 12 volumes, paints a vivid picture of 18th-century Europe and established his reputation as a seducer. He spent his last years in what rather tame occupation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Heathen, n.: A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

the march of time

The steady, unstoppable advancement of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Georgiritt (2018)

St. George is honored each year at Traunstein in Bavaria, Germany, on Easter Monday to commemorate the legend of George's victory over the dragon that was threatening the pagan city of Sylene. Because St. George is usually depicted on horseback, the farmers of Traunstein decorate their own horses with garlands and ribbons and ride them across the fields and three times around the parish church. After the local priest blesses the horses and other animals, the procession turns toward the village. The festival ends with ritualistic sword dances that have been handed down from medieval times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punch

punch buggy - A game in which the first player to call "punch buggy!" on sighting a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch the other person. More...

doust - A firm blow or punch. More...

pack a punch, pack it in - Pack a punch is of U.S. origin from the 1920s, as is pack it in. More...

punch - Has an obscure origin, but stories include it being from Sanskrit panca, "five/five kinds of," as the drink had five ingredients. More...

In the News

The Best and Worst Foods to Eat when You're Sick

When you're under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you're craving ice cream or a glass of wine? It depends on what's wrong with you, ... More...
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