Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

sanctimonious

Definition:(adjective) Feigning piety or righteousness.
Synonyms:holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pietistic, self-righteous
Usage: With a sickeningly sanctimonious smile and a tap of the fork on her glass, she began the first meeting of the Society of Suburbanites Saving the World.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Could" and Rhetorical Questions

"Could" is sometimes used informally in sarcastic or rhetorical questions that highlight a behavior someone finds irritating, unacceptable, or inappropriate. In these situations, "could" is often (but not always) used with what as a main verb? More...
Article of the Day

Wife Carrying

Initially introduced as a joke in Finland, wife carrying has become a competitive sport in which male participants race through an obstacle course while carrying a female teammate. Carrying styles include piggyback, fireman's carry, and Estonian-style, in which the female participant hangs upside-down with her legs around the man's shoulders and her arms around his waist. Major wife carrying competitions are held throughout the US as well as in Sonkajärvi, Finland, where the winner gets what? More...
This Day in History

Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Siffert (1936)

Siffert was a Swiss driver who began his career racing motorcycles but switched to Formula One in 1962. He won the 1968 British Grand Prix but was killed on the same track three years later. After suffering suspension damage, Siffert's car crashed and burst into flames so intense that rescue crews were unable to reach him. It was later determined that the injuries he sustained in the crash were not fatal—he died of smoke inhalation. What safety measures were implemented after the accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have a nodding acquaintance (with someone or something)

To have a slight or precursory knowledge of someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Co-operatives (2018)

In 1992 the United Nations established International Day of Cooperatives on the first Saturday in July. They chose this date to honor the founding of the International Cooperative Alliance one hundred years earlier. Today the organization represents 760 million people who belong to various cooperatives in 100 countries. In 1994 the United Nations affirmed their commitment to International Day of Cooperatives in recognition of the crucial role that cooperatives play in economic and social development. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rampart

boulevard - From French, literally "rampart" or a "promenade on the site of a rampart." More...

bulwark - Comes from German bole, "plank," and werc, "work," and originally meant "rampart made out of planks or tree trunks." More...

rampart - From Latin re-, "again," and emparer, "fortify," from the earlier ante-, "before," and parare, "prepare." More...

wall - Comes from Latin vallum, "rampart." More...

In the News

The Race to Revive Woolly Mammoths using Ancient DNA

Like "Jurassic Park," what if you could use the science of DNA to resurrect long-extinct creatures that once roamed the earth? Efforts to do that are actually underway. Led by Dr. George Church – "the Einstein of our times," according to author Ben ... More...
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