Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

unsteady

Definition:(adjective) Not firm, solid, or securely in place; unstable.
Synonyms:unfirm
Usage: He climbed carefully up the unsteady ladder and cleaned the leaves that had clogged the gutter around the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Passive Perfect Participle Phrases

If we want to describe a noun that was passively acted upon in an event that happened before another one, we can use what is known as the "passive perfect participle" (sometimes called the "perfect passive participle"). How is this structured? More...
Article of the Day

Holodomor

A combination of the Ukrainian words holod, meaning "hunger," and mor, meaning "plague," the term Holodomor refers to the Ukrainian famine that led to millions of deaths in 1932 and 1933. Though some scholars note that natural causes—such as weather and a poor harvest—might have contributed to the famine, most modern historians agree that it was a direct result of the policies of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. For that reason, the Holodomor is sometimes referred to as what? More...
This Day in History

European Heat Wave: UK's Hottest Day on Record (2003)

The European heat wave of 2003 resulted in the deaths of more than 40,000 people. In France, where summers are usually very mild and many homes do not have air conditioning, nearly 15,000 people died from heat-related issues—at a time when many physicians were on summer holiday. So many died that undertakers ran out of room in their own facilities and had to keep corpses in off-site warehouses. The UK, meanwhile, suffered through violent storms and experienced what record high temperature? More...
Today's Birthday

Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (1909)

Few people in recent history have transformed popular music—rock and roll in particular—the way Leo Fender did. A self-taught radio repairman, Fender began inventing electronic instruments in the 1940s and is responsible for the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, the first widely used electric bass, and many other revolutionary instruments. His Fender Musical Instruments Corporation remains a leading manufacturer of instruments and amplifiers. Which famous bassists favor Fender? More...
Quotation of the Day
All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

out of humour

In an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; not feeling well or in good spirits. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Puck Fair (2018)

A traditional gathering that dates back hundreds of years, Puck Fair is a three-day event held in Killorglin in County Kerry, Ireland. A large male goat is decorated with ribbons and paraded through the streets on the first day, which is known as Gathering Day. The goat, known as King Puck, presides over the fair from his "throne," an enclosure on a three-story platform in the town square. The main event of the second day, known as Puck's Fair Day, is a livestock show. On the third day, known as Scattering Day, King Puck is led out of town to the accompaniment of traditional Irish music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sled

bobber - A person who rides a bobsled or bobsleigh (meaning "short sled"). More...

pung - Once the name for a one-horse sled or wagon. More...

skate, ski, sled - The word skate was originally plural and comes from Dutch schaats, which derived from an Old French word for "stilt," but the connection is unclear. Skate appeared in English in the mid-17th century. Ski, in English by 1755, was borrowed from Norwegian, and ultimately from Old Norse for "snowshoe." Sled came from Flemish and Germanic sledde, between 1325 and 1388, for a "vehicle for transporting heavy goods," and is related to sledge and sleigh. More...

toboggan - Comes from Canadian French from Micmac tobakun or Abnaki udabagan, "sled, sleigh." More...

In the News

This Woman Swallowed Her Braces 10 Years Ago and Didn't Know It

When a thirty-year-old woman turned up to the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, in Western Australia complaining about an incredible amount of stomach pain, the cause of her suffering initially eluded the physicians trying to treat her. Blood tests that ... More...
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