Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-assured

Definition:(adjective) Showing poise and confidence in your own worth.
Synonyms:self-confident
Usage: He's a self-assured negotiator, and his confidence helps him make sales that no one else can.
Daily Grammar Lesson

End Punctuation with Quotation Marks

If a quoted sentence ends in a question mark or exclamation point that belongs to the quotation, it will appear within the quotation marks. If the question mark or exclamation point belongs to the overall sentence (that is, it isn't actually part of the quotation), where will it appear? More...
Article of the Day

The Cottingley Fairies

In the early 20th century, cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths created a series of photographs in which they were seen interacting with what appear to be fairies. The images provoked heated debate and even gained the attention of famed Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who championed their authenticity. Though the women initially claimed the fairies were real, they finally admitted otherwise in 1981. Even then, Griffiths insisted that one image was genuine. Which one? More...
This Day in History

Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE)

The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble. What is meant by the Roman saying "as good as the Acqua Paola"? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Ward Beecher (1813)

Beecher became one of the most famous and influential American ministers of his time for his advocacy of an emotional "gospel of love" Christianity. Every important issue of the day was discussed from his pulpit and in his lectures. He was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of women's suffrage, and an advocate of the theory of evolution. In 1874, however, he became the subject of a sensational adultery trial for an alleged affair with Elizabeth Tilton. What was the verdict? More...
Quotation of the Day
Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two?

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

mixed signal

A signal, message, or communication that has, or is interpreted as having, multiple, ambiguous, or contradictory meanings. (Often plural.) More...
Today's Holiday

Watermelon Thump (2018)

This is a celebration of the watermelon harvest in Luling, Texas. The chief watermelon-related events are watermelon judging, a watermelon auction, watermelon-eating competitions, and watermelon seed-spitting contests leading to a Championship Seed Spit-Off. Among other activities are a parade, a carnival, and the coronation of the Watermelon Thump Queen. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slant

wine cradle - A basket (etc.) used to hold wine at a slant. More...

slant - A variant of slent, an older word. More...

slash - The slash is also called a virgule, diagonal, separatrix, slant, and solidus. More...

tilt - Originally meant "fall over," from Germanic taltaz, "unsteady," long before it meant "slant." More...

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In the News

Successful trial of 'coral IVF' gives hope for Australia's Great Barrier Reef

A coral fertility treatment designed to help heal damaged parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is showing signs of success and now needs to be scaled up to create a bigger impact, the lead scientist tells CNN. Peter Harrison a professor at Southern ... More...
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