Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

gabby

Definition:(adjective) Tending to talk excessively.
Synonyms:chatty, garrulous, loquacious, talkative, talky
Usage: Mary's gabby friends kept her apprised of all the neighborhood gossip.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dangling Prepositions

Despite what you may have been taught, it’s a myth that ending a sentence or clause with a preposition is an error. Where did this myth originate? More...
Article of the Day

The Rack

An ancient torture device, the rack was used to stretch its victims' joints to the breaking point. A prisoner's hands and feet would be fastened to rollers located at either end of the device's rectangular frame, and during interrogations, a ratchet would gradually increase the tension on the chains. The excruciating torture inspired such terrible fear that some prisoners would confess after merely watching someone else being stretched on the rack. Who were some of the device's famous victims? More...
This Day in History

Dow Jones Averages Reaches Its Lowest Point of the Great Depression (1932)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, often referred to as the Dow, is the best-known and most widely followed market indicator in the world. Tracking the performance of 30 blue-chip US stocks—which sometimes change—the Dow is thought to reflect the overall condition of the US economy. In 1932, the Dow reached its lowest point of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22—down almost 90 percent since 1929. It did not return to pre-1929 levels until 1954. Who is the Dow named after? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L'Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. How did the scales work? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

fourth wall

The imaginary barrier separating performers in a TV show, film, or play from the audience. More...
Today's Holiday

San Fermin Festival (2019)

The festivities surrounding this well-known festival in Pamplona, Spain, begin with a rocket fired from the balcony of the town hall. Bands of txistularis—with dancers, drummers, and txistu players (a musical instrument like a flute)—march through the town playing songs announcing the "running of the bulls," an event that has taken place here for 400 years. Each morning, young men, dressed in typical Basque costumes, risk their lives running through the streets ahead of the bulls being run to the bullring where the bullfights will be held. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vegetable

rareripe - Originally simply a fruit or vegetable that ripened early. More...

fruit, vegetable - Fruit is the name given to those plants that have an ovary used for food; vegetable is the name given to a large category of herbaceous plants with parts used for food. More...

sauerbraten, sauerkraut - In German, sauerbraten is literally "sour roast meat," and sauerkraut is "sour cabbage or vegetable." More...

sweet potato, yam - The sweet potatoes and yams sold in most stores are the same vegetable—sweet potatoes are inside every mislabeled yam can; true yams are not sold anywhere except a handful of specialty grocers. More...

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