Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

elfin

Definition:(adjective) Having a magical quality or charm; fairylike.
Synonyms:fey
Usage: The ballerina moved across the dimly lit stage with elfin grace.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used for Different Media

We use the preposition "in" when we are talking about something appearing in printed media. What preposition do we use to talk about something appearing on televised or digital media? More...
Article of the Day

Debt Bondage

Debt bondage is a means of paying off loans with direct labor instead of currency or goods. Bonded persons are not legally owned but are instead contractually bound to perform labor to work off a debt under terms that often make it impossible to completely retire the debt. Defined as a form of modern-day slavery by the UN and prohibited by international law, debt bondage nonetheless persists in many areas of the world. According to estimates, how many people are subjected to debt bondage today? More...
This Day in History

Modern, Skimpy Bikini Debuted at Paris Pool Fashion Show (1946)

Although women have worn bikini-like two-piece garments for centuries—mosaics from the 4th century depict women in such garb—the modern bikini was only introduced in 1946. Anticipating that his revealing swimwear design would have an explosive effect on fashion, French engineer Louis Réard named his skimpy suit after the Bikini atoll in the central Pacific, where US nuclear testing had just begun. However, he struggled to find a model to debut his G-string bikini. Who finally agreed to wear it? More...
Today's Birthday

P. T. Barnum (1810)

Barnum may be best known for the circus he formed with James Bailey in 1881, but this took place late in his life and was neither his first, nor sole, line of work. The splashy showman was also an author and, oddly enough, a politician. Yes, the man who may have said "There's a sucker born every minute" was elected to office—more than once. Apparently fond of seeing his name in print, Barnum published his autobiography in 1855 and even got a newspaper to oblige him in what way before his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

the moral high ground

A position of moral authority or superiority that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. (Used especially in the phrase "take/claim/seize/etc. the moral high ground.") More...
Today's Holiday

Tynwald Ceremony (2018)

The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England in the Irish Sea, was once the property of the Vikings. It was here that they established their custom of holding an open-air court for the settling of disputes and the passing of laws. Today, the Tynwald Ceremony—whose name comes from the Norse Thing vollr, meaning a fenced open parliament—is held at St. John's on Tynwald Hill on July 5, when the Lieutenant-Governor reads a brief summary of every bill that has been passed during the year—first in English, and then in Manx, the old language of the island. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: token

jetton - A counter or token used as a gambling chip or to operate slot machines. More...

token - Etymologically, something that "shows" you something, from a base meaning "show, sign." More...

indicium - An indication, sign, or token—specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage. More...

signal, sign - Signal is from Latin signalis, "of a sign," from signum, "mark, token"—from which sign is derived. More...

In the News

Strange 'Sea Pickles' Keep Washing Ashore Along the Pacific Coast

There are strange sea creatures known as “sea pickles” invading the Pacific Northwest. These gelatinous and somewhat translucent organisms, called pyrosomes, have been seen congregating, sometimes by the thousands, close to shore from Northern California up to ... More...
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