Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

nadir

Definition:(noun) An extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything.
Synonyms:low-water mark, rock bottom
Usage: They lost everything in the fire and reached the nadir of their fortunes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Starting Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions

While it's a commonly quoted belief that a sentence should not begin with the word "because," this is not an actual grammatical rule. Sentences can begin with "because" (and any other subordinating conjunction) as long as the sentence is not what? More...
Article of the Day

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until she was nearly 110. At 114, she became the world's oldest actress, appearing as herself in the family film Vincent and Me. Calment attributed her longevity to what food product? More...
This Day in History

Three-Year-Old Madeleine McCann Goes Missing (2007)

A few weeks before her fourth birthday, Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Portugal, where she, her parents, and her twin siblings were on vacation. Her disappearance received international press coverage, but despite numerous investigations by several different agencies, young Madeleine remains missing and no arrests have been made in the case. However, Portuguese authorities at different times categorized several individuals as having arguido status, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (1933)

One of the original inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown evolved a highly personal style that combined gospel and blues elements with a spectacular stage presence. During his five-decade career, "the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" had numerous chart-topping singles and albums. What trademark feature of Brown's stage shows was inspired by professional wrestler Gorgeous George? More...
Quotation of the Day
States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

(someone's) hands are full

Someone is too busy or has too much going on to be able to do or become involved with anything else. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution Memorial Day (Japan) (2018)

Constitution Memorial Day, or Kempo Kinen-Bi, is observed as a national holiday on May 3 and commemorates the adoption of the democratic constitution in 1947. The holiday is part of Golden Week, which includes Children's Day (Kodomo-no-Hi) and Greenery Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: highway

frontage road - A smaller road that runs alongside a highway or major road. More...

highway, expressway, freeway, parkway, turnpike - A highway is a main road, while an expressway is a multilane highway; freeways, parkways, and turnpikes are types of expressways. More...

scamp - Once meant a highwayman; as a verb, it meant "rob on the highway." More...

interstate - A highway that is part of the federal network of major roads; despite their name, some interstates do not cross state lines. More...

In the News

Look Older? Might Be Your Genes, Study Says

Seniors who insist they feel far younger than they look have been vindicated: scientists have found a genetic combination that makes people look older than their true age. Certain varieties of the so-called MC1R gene add as much as two years to the ... More...
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