Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

exhalation

Definition:(noun) The act of expelling air from the lungs.
Synonyms:breathing out, expiration
Usage: He drew the first whiff of smoke deep into his lungs and expelled it in a long and lingering exhalation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs that Take Bare Infinitives

The base form of a verb is simply the infinitive without the particle "to." The base form is used after the direct object of certain action verbs, as well as after what other kind of verb? More...
Article of the Day

Medieval Scholar Forgers

The False Decretals, a collection of documents that address church law, were composed between 847 and 852 and were intended to reform canon law and support bishops against secular interference. Though the collection was widely accepted in the Middle Ages, even by the papacy, it was exposed as a hoax in the 16th century. Many of the papal letters and decrees included in the collection are forgeries, and among those that are genuine, many show evidence of tampering. Who forged the documents? More...
This Day in History

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: First Docking of Russian and US Spacecrafts (1975)

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first joint flight of the US and Soviet space programs. Its primary purpose was symbolic, to show that the two superpowers were easing the tensions of their Space Race. The two mission commanders exchanged the first international handshake in space through the open hatch of the Soyuz. Though American Deke Slayton had been selected for the Mercury mission in the 1950s, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was his first flight into space. Why did he have to wait? More...
Today's Birthday

Ismail I (1487)

The young Ismail I went into hiding after his father's death and emerged at age 14 to proclaim himself Shah of Iran. Despite his youth, he was able to reunify Iran and establish the Safavid Empire, which remained intact until 1736. Ismail converted Iran from the Sunni to the Shi'a sect of Islam, drawing the ire of Selim I, the Sunni sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who wrote Ismail belligerent letters before invading Iran. Ismail was also a prolific poet who wrote under what pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it's not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

odd duck

A rather unusual, strange, or peculiar person. More...
Today's Holiday

Alpenfest (2018)

At an altitude of 1,348 feet, Gaylord is one of the highest incorporated communities in Michigan. Gaylord receives nearly 150 inches of snow each year, and the town's annual Alpenfest is a celebration of summer. A highlight of the festival is the "Burning of the Boogg." People write their troubles on slips of paper and place them in the Boogg—a 300-pound, 10-foot-high monster—which is then burned, giving spectators a chance to watch their troubles literally go up in smoke. The festival also boasts a number of outdoor cafes which host "the World's Largest Coffee Break." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shot

shot - Referring to a fluid dram of liquor, the term is fairly new, dating to 1928 (PG Wodehouse). More...

deadline - Originally a Civil War term for a line that marked the distance a prisoner could go before being shot on sight. More...

schuss - A straight downhill ski run, it is literally German for "a shot." More...

beside the point - The expression is from ancient archery, and literally means one's shot is wide of the target. More...

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