Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

repute

Definition:(verb) To consider (a person or thing) to be as specified.
Synonyms:look upon, regard as, take to be, esteem, think of
Usage: He is reputed to be intelligent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Adverbial Prepositional Phrases

Adverbial prepositional phrases that modify adjectives and adverbs can be difficult to identify because the adjectives and adverbs are usually paired with verbs. Remember that these prepositional phrases always follow the adjective or adverb and will contain information specific to the adjective and adverb. What is the prepositional phrase in the following sentence? "I was delighted with the results." More...
Article of the Day

Tick Paralysis

The only tick-borne disease not caused by an infectious organism, tick paralysis is a rare, progressive disorder caused by several species of ticks that secrete a potentially lethal neurotoxin. Symptoms, including weakness, incoordination, and paralysis, appear only after the tick—frequently hidden in scalp hair—has fed on the host for several days, and the resulting paralysis can cause death. However, the removal of the tick leads to rapid recovery. What precautions can be taken to avoid ticks? More...
This Day in History

USS Indianapolis Sunk by Japanese, Hundreds Die Awaiting Rescue (1945)

After delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to a US base in the Pacific, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. It sank in 12 minutes. Roughly 300 sailors were killed in the initial attack, and the remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. The US Navy only learned of the sinking four days later, when survivors were spotted by a pilot on patrol. In the end, only 316 survived. Why was the ship's captain court-martialed? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Ford (1863)

Ford was a prominent American industrialist and innovator of mass production via the assembly line. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and made car ownership affordable to many. Though controversial, Ford was undeniably one of the most influential men of the 20th century. He instituted an eight-hour workday in his factories and paid his workers relatively well but also strenuously opposed labor unions. Whom did he employ to intimidate union organizers? More...
Quotation of the Day
The greatest trust, between man and man, is the trust of giving counsel. For in other confidences, men commit the parts of life; their lands, their goods ... some particular affair; but to such as they make their counselors, they commit the whole.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

on the hush-hush

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Independence Day (2018)

The most important national holiday in Vanuatu, Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country. It marks the end of colonial rule by the French and British. The largest Independence Day celebrations take place in the capital city of Port Vila. A number of sporting events are held, as well as canoe and yacht races in the harbor. A military parade takes place in Independence Park. Dancing takes place and aerobics groups from throughout Vanuatu perform, and a string band competition is held. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punish

execute - Derives from Latin exsequi, "carry out, follow up; punish." More...

gruelling - Comes from the verb gruel, "to exhaust, punish." More...

punish - Derives from Latin punire, "punish," which came from poena, "penalty, punishment." More...

penal, punitive - Penal means "relating to punishment," while punitive means "serving to punish." More...

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