Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

cowpuncher

Definition:(noun) A hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback.
Synonyms:cattleman, cowboy, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke
Usage: The only time the cowpuncher was not on horseback was when he was repairing the fence around the estate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Absolute Phrases

We generally use absolute phrases at the beginning of a sentence to introduce additional information, or at the end of a sentence to provide a final comment on the sentence as a whole. It is also possible to use an absolute phrase in the middle of a sentence. What does that placement add to the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Mortarboard Cap

The pileus quadratus, a type of Roman skullcap topped with a horizontal square board, has given rise to a number of similar cap styles, among them the biretta worn by the Roman Catholic clergy and the academic mortarboard cap. The academic headgear is embellished with a tassel or liripipe, which may be dyed black, colored to represent the graduate's area of expertise, or matched to a school's colors. According to urban legend, why did some UK universities cease to use the cap? More...
This Day in History

Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches (1836)

Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother? More...
Today's Birthday

Lorraine Hansberry (1930)

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry's own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Why was her literary career cut short? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

no cover

No additional cost for entry or entertainment (called a cover charge), as at a bar, club, or restaurant. More...
Today's Holiday

Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (2018)

Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890. Referred to as the "father of modern Vietnam," he spearheaded the Vietnamese revolt against French and Japanese occupation. In 1954, after the French and Japanese left, the United States entered the scene; it was during this struggle that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969. In 1975, North and South Vietnam united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On Ho Chi Minh's birthday each year, people hold parades in cities, carrying posters depicting him. Many women wear the áo dài, a traditional Vietnamese garment. Speeches about Ho Chi Minh often follow the parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: official

brevet - An official or authoritative message in writing. More...

provost - Etymologically, an official "placed before" or "put in charge" of others, from Latin praepositus, "superintendent." More...

bailiwick - Comes from bailie, "custody," and -wick, "function of an official" or "place of jurisdiction." More...

probate - The official proving of a will, from Latin probatum, "thing proved." More...

In the News

Mother Goose Calls the Cops to Help Save her Gosling

When her baby was in trouble, a mother stopped at nothing to get help and went straight to the police for assistance. That's a pretty run-of-the-mill story until you find out that mother in question was a goose. An Ohio police officer was sitting in ... More...
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