Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

disputable

Definition:(adjective) Open to argument or debate.
Synonyms:arguable, debatable, moot
Usage: He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Noun Phrases

Noun phrases are groups of two or more words within a sentence that function grammatically as nouns. Although noun phrases primarily have a noun as the base word that is being modified, what else can they have as their structural base? More...
Article of the Day

Hacktivism

A portmanteau of "hack" and "activism," hacktivism is the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools such as website defacement or parodies, redirects, information theft, and virtual sit-ins to achieve political ends. Acts of hacktivism are often conducted in the belief that they will have effects similar to that of regular activism or civil disobedience, but critics contend that cyber-attacks are a destructive form of protest. What is the earliest known instance of hacktivism? 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
Yesterday, n.: The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

If you grow a brain in a lab, will it have a mind of its own?

There are lots of reasons one might want to grow brains. For starters, they would allow us to study human neurological issues in detail, which is otherwise quite challenging to do. Neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have devastated ... More...
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