Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

disfavor

Definition:(verb) Put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm.
Synonyms:disadvantage
Usage: These laws clearly disfavor the underprivileged and poor because they do not address the problem of child labor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plurals

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s." What are some irregular plurals? More...
Article of the Day

Theda Bara

Theda Bara was the stage name of Theodosia Burr Goodman, an American silent film actress who was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Known for femme fatale roles, Bara appeared in more than 40 feature films between 1914 and 1926. However, she is perhaps most famous for having a higher percentage of lost films than any other actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How many of her films still have complete prints in existence? More...
This Day in History

Vatican Abolishes Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1966)

Compiled by official Roman Catholic censors, Index Librorum Prohibitorum—"List of Prohibited Books"—was a catalog of works considered dangerous to the faith or morals of Catholics. The Index was never a complete catalog of forbidden reading; rather, it contained only works that the ecclesiastical authority was asked to act on. The first catalog of banned books to be called an index was published in 1559. Its publication ceased in 1966. What were some of the works listed over the years? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Landsteiner (1868)

Landsteiner was an Austrian-born American medical researcher who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the four basic human blood groups—A, B, O, and AB—which enabled the first successful blood transfusion to be performed in 1907. He was also involved in the discovery of the polio virus, and, in 1940, he helped identify what human blood protein, named after a monkey and capable of producing intense antigenic reactions in certain transfusion recipients? More...
Quotation of the Day
You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I (do something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Medora Musical (2019)

Every night from mid-June through Labor Day in Medora, North Dakota, there is a musical extravaganza known as the Medora Musical—a patriotic song-and-dance salute to Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. The musical is performed in a natural amphitheater featuring an outdoor escalator to get people to their seats. The colorful buttes and ravines of the Badlands form a dramatic backdrop for the Broadway-class variety show. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shocking

church key - Started out as slang for bottle opener in the early 1950s and was considered mildly shocking, even sacrilegious. More...

flagrant, blatant - Flagrant implies shocking and reprehensible, while blatant is obvious, contrived, and usually obnoxious; flagrant is a stronger term than blatant. More...

forbysen, bysen - Forbysen is an "example or parable"; bysen is a "shocking thing." More...

tingle - From Middle English, possibly a variant of tinkle, its original meaning was "response to a loud noise" and "response to hearing something shocking." More...

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