Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

pettifogger

Definition:(noun) A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer.
Synonyms:shyster
Usage: He was by all accounts a pettifogger, and judges dreaded having him appear in their courtrooms.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Continuous Tense with Adverbs

When using the present continuous tense, we can add adverbs relating to time between "be" and the present participle. What do such adverbs serve to specify or clarify? More...
Article of the Day

The Ukulele

The ukulele is a Hawaiian musical instrument developed from the Portuguese guitar. It has a fretted fingerboard and four strings that are plucked or strummed. A similar instrument is the banjolele, which has a banjo body. The ukulele became popular in the US through a 1915 exposition held in San Francisco, at which the Hawaiian Pavilion featured a guitar and ukulele ensemble. Vaudeville performers took it up, and its popularity spread. "Ukulele" is Hawaiian for what? More...
This Day in History

Double Eagle II Becomes First Balloon to Cross the Atlantic (1978)

By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle I in 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their successful flight, the trio drew straws to determine who would get to sleep in a bed at the US Embassy once slept in by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcus Garvey (1887)

Garvey was a Jamaican-born American proponent of black nationalism. His Universal Negro Improvement Association, established in 1914 to promote racial pride, quickly spread in black communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Central America, and Garvey became the most influential black leader of the early 1920s, with a following some two million strong. However, his movement foundered after his 1922 indictment for mail fraud. What religious movement considers Garvey one of its prophets? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

peg it

To leave or depart very quickly or suddenly. More...
Today's Holiday

Chilseog (2018)

Chilseog is the Korean version of the Seven Sisters Festival, based on a Chinese legend about two stars known as the Herdsman and the Spinning Maiden. The Herdsman star, located in the Aquila constellation, and the Spinning Maiden star, Vega in the Lyra constellation, are in love but can only meet once a year—on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, when crows and magpies form a bridge across the heavenly river, as the Milky Way is called. On this night it is customary for young Korean women to pray for celestial assistance in sewing and to honor the stars by penning verse about them. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pond

lake - First meant pool or pond. More...

nursery - Can be a pond in which fry are reared. More...

tank - May have come from Gujarati tanku, or Marathi tanke, "underground cistern," from Sanskrit tadaga, "pond." More...

pond - To pond is to accumulate water in a pond, which is really a small lake. More...

In the News

Planet Hunters Spot Jupiter Jr., 96 Light Years from Earth

A team of astronomers came across the latest clue in the quest to unravel how solar systems and their planets evolve. Scientists discovered a Jupiter-like planet circling a very young star similar to the sun about 96 light years from Earth, making ... More...
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