Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

brow

Definition:(noun) The projecting upper edge of a steep place.
Synonyms:top, summit, peak, edge, tip, crown, verge, brink, rim, crest, brim
Usage: The sun set behind the brow of the distant hills.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. They are also commonly referred to as what? More...
Article of the Day

Allura Red AC

Allura Red AC is a red synthetic dye that is often used as a food coloring. Although some fear that it poses a health risk and it is banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, Allura Red AC has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetics, drugs, and food, and it is found in many products, including tattoo inks and orange soda. From what substance is Allura Red derived? More...
This Day in History

World's First Parking Meter Installed (1935)

The parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first meter was installed there later that year, guaranteeing drivers a parking space for an amount of purchased time. Used until the 1980s, Magee's original design had a coin acceptor, a dial, and a visible flag indicating the expiration of paid time. Reverend C.H. North was the first person in the US to get a parking ticket because of an expired meter. What happened when he disputed his ticket in court? More...
Today's Birthday

Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (1872)

Amundsen was a Norwegian polar explorer who led the first expeditions to traverse the Northwest Passage and to reach the South Pole. Turning to air exploration, in 1926 he and Umberto Nobile succeeded in flying over the North Pole and unexplored regions of the Arctic Ocean in a dirigible built and piloted by Nobile. A bitter controversy followed with Nobile as to the credit for the success. Yet in 1928, when Nobile crashed a different dirigible, Amundsen launched a rescue mission. What happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

not your father's

Very modern or updated; no longer what an older generation would expect or be used to. More...
Today's Holiday

Pilgrimage of Saut d'Eau (2018)

The pilgrimage to the church in Ville-Bonheur, Haiti, combines both Christian and Voodoo beliefs. There is a sacred grove just outside Ville-Bonheur where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared on top of a palm tree. At this holy place, known as Saut d'Eau (waterfall), two waterfalls tumble from a precipice more than 100 feet high to create a kind of natural cathedral. This is the home of Damballah-wedo and other African deities who play a part in Voodoo. Some worshipers tie colored cords to the sacred trees at the foot of the falls, while others bathe in the water. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: steal

embezzle - Originally, it simply meant "steal." More...

purloin - Meaning to steal, it is from Latin pur/pro, "forth," and loign, "far." More...

scrounge - First meant to live off or sponge off someone else; it is a variant of scrunge, "steal." More...

snoop - From Dutch snoepen, "eat on the sly," it first meant "steal and eat in a clandestine manner." More...

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