Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

obviate

Definition:(verb) To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.
Synonyms:rid of, eliminate
Usage: Her discovery of an old wedding dress in the attic obviated the need for her to buy a costume for the party.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by either a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. How is this type of prepositional idiom used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Everglades

This marshy, low-lying subtropical savanna area in S. Florida extends from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. Characterized by water, sawgrass, palms, pine, and mangrove forests, the Everglades receives an annual average rainfall of more than 60 in. (152 cm), mainly in the summer. The wildlife-rich area is home to endangered species like the Florida panther, American crocodile, and manatee. In the late 1830s the Everglades was the scene of military operations against what Native American people? More...
This Day in History

First "Witch" Executed in the British American Colonies (1647)

Nearly 50 years before the infamous trials that resulted in the execution of 20 people as witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, became the victim of the first recorded execution for witchcraft in the American colonies. Although she may have had a daughter who was also accused of witchcraft 30 years later, very little is known about Young's life, except that she was hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford. A mention of her execution is recorded in whose diary? More...
Today's Birthday

Mamie Smith (1883)

Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, "Crazy Blues" quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives' eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the "race record." Smith's "Crazy Blues" was accorded what honor in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

be no slouch

To be very hardworking, enthusiastic, and/or skillful. More...
Today's Holiday

D.C. Black Pride Festival (2018)

The D.C. Black Pride Festival is a social, educational, and fundraising festival originating in the African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Washington, D.C. Held each year since 1991 on the long Memorial Day weekend, the D.C. Black Pride Festival draws about 25,000 to the Washington Convention Center, where displays include a health and wellness fair. In addition to activities centered in the exhibition hall, entertainment and social events extend throughout the preceding week, such as a fashion show, film festival, comedy showcase, and poetry slam. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

In the News

Brain Implants Give New Life to a Paralyzed Man

A man who is paralyzed from the neck down has had a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to control a robotic arm with this thoughts. Erik Sorto has been paralyzed for over 10 years, and now he can lift his own drink to mouth using a ... More...
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