Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 26, 2019)
Word of the Day

paunchy

Definition:(adjective) Having a large belly.
Synonyms:abdominous, potbellied
Usage: He was … a plump, paunchy, sturdy-looking fellow.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved in the action. Adverbs of place generally appear immediately after the main verb in a sentence if it is intransitive. Where do they appear if the verb is transitive? More...
Article of the Day

Vending Machines

Today, there are few things that cannot be purchased from vending machines. Most vending machines in the US dispense snacks, beverages, and other inexpensive merchandise, but in the 1950s, some airports featured life insurance policy-dispensing machines. In Japan, where there is approximately one vending machine for every 23 people, you can buy everything from live lobsters to iPods to underwear from machines. Who is believed to have invented the first vending machine and what did it dispense? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Edgecote Moor (1469)

The Battle of Edgecote Moor was an important turning point in the series of dynastic civil wars for the English throne known as the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). The battle pitted the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, against those of King Edward IV. Warwick had once been loyal to Edward and had even helped put him on the throne, but Edward began to resent him and suppress his influence. Angered, Warwick allied with Edward's brother, George, and rose in rebellion. Who won the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Jung (1875)

Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, he worked with psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who studied and named "schizophrenia." Jung wrote a book on the illness, which led to a meeting with Sigmund Freud, and the two formed a close relationship for a number of years. However, Jung's criticism of Freud's emphasis on the sexual basis of neuroses ended their collaboration, and a formal break came when Jung published what revolutionary book? More...
Quotation of the Day
A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

15 minutes of fame

A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia Independence Day (2019)

This especially important Liberian holiday is celebrated with a parade, a party for the diplomatic corps in Monrovia, and a grand ball in the evening. Similar events are held throughout the country. The day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1847 by the various settlements of the country, establishing the first independent black republic in Africa. After independence, elections were held, and Joseph Jenkins Roberts was elected the first president in January 1848. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: remain

bide one's time - Based on abide, meaning "remain" or "to wait awhile." More...

marcescent - Describes leaves that wither but remain attached to the stem. More...

mansion, mansionary - Mansion first meant the action of living or remaining in a place, from French manere, "remain," from Latin mansio, "staying"; mansionary is an adjective meaning "resident." More...

stick-in-the-mud - Based on the notion of "to stick in the mud, to be content to remain in an abject condition." More...

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