Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

deep-seated

Definition:(adjective) (Used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held.
Synonyms:deep-rooted, implanted, ingrained, planted
Usage: He divined the fanatical love of freedom in her, the deep-seated antipathy for restraint of any sort.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Suffixes to Create Nouns of Recipience

Nominalization refers to the creation of a noun from verbs or adjectives. For verbs that become nouns to represent someone who is the recipient of an action, we often use which suffix? More...
Article of the Day

Dead Malls

Dead malls are shopping centers with high vacancy rates or low consumer traffic. Due to changes in the department store industry, many formerly popular malls have been left without an "anchor" store, causing other retailers to fail. Since newer "big box" chains typically prefer to occupy their own free-standing buildings, malls' anchor store spaces are being left vacant, and the malls then slowly "die." What can be done with dead mall sites? More...
This Day in History

First FIFA World Cup Kicks Off (1930)

Soccer, or association football, as it is known throughout much of the world, has been an Olympic sport since 1900. In 1930, FIFA—soccer's international governing body—decided to stage its own tournament, the World Cup. Reigning Olympic champion Uruguay was chosen as host and went on to win the inaugural event. Today the tournament is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, but then it was a challenge just to get teams to participate. What else did not go as planned? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608)

When Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III ascended the throne, the Thirty Years' War had been raging for 20 years. After his accession, the war took a disastrous turn. Though he prohibited religious freedom in his own domains, he compromised with Europe's Protestant powers and agreed to the Peace of Westphalia. The treaty ended 30 years of religious strife in central Europe but greatly reduced the central power of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite the war, Ferdinand made time to pursue what pastime? More...
Quotation of the Day
For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

not have (one's) heart in (something)

To not be emotionally invested or enthusiastic about something; to have no drive or will to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Night Watch (2018)

La Retraite aux Flambeaux, or the Night Watch, is a half-holiday in France that is celebrated on the eve of Bastille Day. The lights in Paris are darkened in remembrance of the day in 1789 when the Bastille fell. Colorful processions of soldiers, patriotic bands, and people bearing torches and Chinese lanterns march through the streets, followed by crowds of spectators. The procession usually ends at the home of a prominent citizen, who offers the torch- and lantern-bearers something to drink. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrape

erase - From Latin e-, "out," and radere, "scrape." More...

raze, razor - Raze, from French raser, "shave close," is from Latin radere, "scrape, scratch"—also giving us razor. More...

gride - To scratch, scrape, or cut with a grating sound. More...

scrumble - To scrape or scratch (something) out of or from. More...

In the News

Harper Lee and Her Father, the Real Atticus Finch

When “Go Set a Watchman” was published in 2015, an Alabama lawyer called me with a catch in his voice. Had I heard that his hero Atticus Finch had an evil twin? Unlike the virtuous lawyer who saved an innocent black man from a lynch mob in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the ... More...
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