Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

umbrageous

Definition:(adjective) Affording or forming shade.
Synonyms:shadowed, shady
Usage: The chief beauty of trees consists in the deep shadow of their umbrageous boughs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Placement of Focusing Adverbs

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. They can take the initial, middle, or final position in a sentence depending on what? More...
Article of the Day

Lighter than Air

Because they have densities lower than that of air, some gases are buoyant in air and are used to fill lighter-than-air crafts like balloons, airships, and other aerostats. Heated air is also an effective lifting gas because the density of a gas decreases as its temperature increases as long as pressure remains constant. What are some gases that are lighter than air? More...
This Day in History

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)

The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars' top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh's Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Wilder (1933)

Wilder was just 8 years old when his ailing mother's doctor urged him to try making her laugh. The boy took those words to heart and developed a passion for performing that eventually led him to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in comedy classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. He cowrote the latter film with producer and director Mel Brooks, and their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Which film sequel's script beat them out? More...
Quotation of the Day
What would any of us have been, if our fathers hadn't drawed our faculties out of us?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

meatball surgery

Battlefield surgery that is performed hastily so as to quickly stabilize a patient and prevent his or her imminent death. Popularized (and possibly coined) by H. Richard Hornberger in his semi-autobiographical novel M*A*S*H, which focused on doctors serving in a fictional mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Queen's Birthday (Australia, except for the Western state) (2018)

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, but her birthday is officially observed in June by proclamation each year. But in Australia, Queen's Birthday is a national holiday celebrated on the second Monday in June (except Western Australia). It was first observed there in 1788, not long after the country was settled. June 4, the birthday of King George III, was set aside at that time as a holiday for convicts and settlers. After George V died in 1936, a date close to his birthday (June 3) was set aside to honor the reigning king or queen. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rigging

rig, rigging - A ship's rig is the arrangement of masts, sails, etc.; the rigging is the system of ropes or chains supporting these. More...

spread-eagle - First described a navy man who was lashed to the rigging for flogging. More...

furniture - The furniture of a ship is its apparel, including the sails, rigging, and anchor; to apparel, in early use, meant "make ready or fit." More...

tight ship - Literally one in which ropes and rigging are tied and taut. More...

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