Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

arriviste

Definition:(noun) A person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
Synonyms:nouveau-riche, parvenu, upstart
Usage: The arriviste tried to gain acceptance into society through ostentatious displays of his newfound wealth, but his actions only inspired resentment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comma Splices

A comma splice occurs when we join two independent clauses with a comma. Why can't we use a comma in this situation? More...
Article of the Day

The Federal Reserve

The US Federal Reserve was created in response to the Bank Panic of 1907, a financial crisis in the US during which the stock market crashed and the economy entered a recession. “The Fed” is a central banking system and note-issuing authority that regulates the country's credit and monetary policy. It is comprised of 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks located throughout the US, various member banks, and a supervisory Federal Reserve Board. What are some criticisms of the Federal Reserve System? More...
This Day in History

U-2 Crisis of 1960 Begins (1960)

After becoming Soviet premier in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev asserted a doctrine of peaceful coexistence with capitalist nations. He toured the US in 1959 and planned a Paris summit with the US, Britain, and France in 1960, but in May of that year, an American U-2 reconnaissance plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Khrushchev cancelled the conference, and the American pilot, F. Gary Powers, was tried in the Soviet Union and sentenced to 10 years in prison. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Marie Jarvis (1864)

Though she never wed or had children herself, Jarvis campaigned tirelessly for the establishment of an annual holiday honoring mothers. She began her campaign after the death of her mother, a social activist who had brought mothers together in an effort to counter the divisions caused by the Civil War. By 1914, Mother's Day had been proclaimed a US national holiday. Rather than savor her success, Jarvis soon became one of the holiday's most vehement opponents. Why did she want it abolished? More...
Quotation of the Day
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (Worker's Day) (2018)

This public holiday in Malta is celebrated with festivities throughout the country. In Valletta, a highlight of the mass conducted by the archbishop in St. John's Cathedral is the blessing of the tools and products of laborers and craftsmen. St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, was a carpenter who taught Jesus his craft. He is the patron saint of workers, laborers, carpenters, cabinetmakers, and joiners. In 1955, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 as a counter-celebration to the Communists' May Day celebrations honoring workers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: projecting

ledgit - A label or memo slip projecting from a book's pages. More...

broach - Comes from Latin brocchus/broccus, "projecting." More...

eminent - Can mean "projecting, protruding" and is based on Latin eminere, "project." More...

eaves - Its etymological meaning is "going over the edge, projecting." More...

In the News

Massive Secret Lake and Canyons Found Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice

Antarctica is slowly revealing more of its secrets as a team of scientists has collected more evidence that could reveal a hidden lake deep below the icy surface. Scientists, presenting at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna last week, revealed data ... More...
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