Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

escarp

Definition:(noun) A steep artificial slope in front of a fortification.
Synonyms:protective embankment
Usage: Instead of trying to breach the escarp, the army encircled the fortress, planning to starve out the inhabitants above.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs (also called helping verbs) are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. What are the three primary auxiliary verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Weasel Words

"Weasel words" are words that are intended to, or have the effect of, softening the force of a potentially loaded or controversial statement. The term was coined by Stewart Chaplin in a 1900 short story and invokes the image of a sneaky weasel wriggling its way out of tight spaces in the same way that these words subtly redirect attention. One example of weasel words is the phrase "headcount reduction," which is used in the corporate world as a euphemism for what distasteful course of action? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Etan Patz Abducted in New York (1979)

In 1979, Etan Patz left his apartment by himself, for the very first time, to walk the two blocks to his school bus stop. He never made it there. His disappearance was widely covered by the media and led to the implementation of new methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk carton campaigns of the 1980s. In 2010, the Manhattan district attorney announced that he had reopened the case into Patz's disappearance. Who was found liable for Patz's death in a civil case in 2004? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878)

Robinson was an influential virtuoso tap dancer. An innovator, he was reputedly the first to dance on the balls of his feet instead of in the earlier flat-footed style. He began dancing professionally at the age of eight and became a popular nightclub and vaudeville performer. He first performed on Broadway in 1928 and was the first African American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He appeared in 14 Hollywood features in the 1930s and 40s, including four that he made with which child actress? More...
Quotation of the Day
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

God almighty!

An exclamation of surprise, shock, frustration, exasperation, anger, or annoyance. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête des Stes. Maries de la Mer (2018)

According to a French legend, St. Sarah, patron saint of gypsies, was the Egyptian handmaid of Sts. Mary Jacoby and Mary Salome, and all three supposedly died in the small Provençal village of Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, where their remains are said to be preserved. During the Festival of the Holy Maries, there is a procession down to the sea for the blessing of the painted wooden vessel known as the "Bark of the Saints," which is believed to contain some of the bones of the saints. Thousands of devout pilgrims make the journey to Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sheet

map - Comes from Latin mappa mundi, "sheet of the world" from mappa, "napkin, tablecloth." More...

ream - Used to be 480 sheets of paper and is now 500. More...

bed clothes, night clothes - Bed clothes usually refers to blankets and sheets, while night clothes refers to pajamas and gowns. More...

portfolio - Comes from Italian for "carry" and "sheets or leaves of paper." More...

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