Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

sectionalism

Definition:(noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.
Synonyms:provincialism, localism
Usage: He believes that Manhattan is the center of the universe, and his sectionalism is so acute that he is reluctant to visit friends in Brooklyn.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive vs. Predicative Adjectives

While most adjectives can occur either as attributive adjectives or predicative adjectives, there are certain adjectives that can only occur predicatively. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Boston Fire of 1872

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire and remains one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history, causing $73.5 million in damages. Numerous factors contributed to the fire, not the least of which was the lax enforcement of Boston's building regulations which, coupled with the practice of over-insuring buildings, left no real incentive to build fire-safe structures. How many years did it take to rebuild the burnt district? More...
This Day in History

Infamous Menendez Brothers Murder Their Parents (1989)

The trials of Lyle and Erik Menendez for the cold-blooded murders of their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion captivated the nation. The "bereaved" sons initially escaped suspicion, but in the months after the murders, they went on a spending spree with their parents' money, to the tune of over $1 million, that raised a few eyebrows. Still, the pair might never have been arrested, and ultimately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, had not who come forward? More...
Today's Birthday

Raymond Poincaré (1860)

A career statesman, Poincaré ascended to the highest echelons of French government, serving as prime minister on several occasions and as president from 1913 to 1920. In the lead-up to World War I, Poincaré, a conservative and nationalist, worked to prepare France for possible hostilities, strengthening its military and its alliances with Russia and Britain. His efforts paid off, and Germany was defeated by the Allied Powers in 1918. What prompted him to send French troops into Germany in 1923? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

like piffy on a rock bun

Conspicuous but ignored or left out, especially from a group or activity. (A "rock bun" or "rock cake" is a type of hard cake with currants; what "piffy" refers to is unknown.) Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Estonia Restoration of Independence Day (2018)

In the 20th century, Estonia was a sovereign state from 1919 to 1940. At that time, it was forced to become a socialist republic of the Soviet Union. Then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and on August 20 of that year, Estonia formally re-established its independence. Throughout 2008, the country celebrated its 90th anniversary as a republic. This is one of three days on which the national flag must be hoisted on state buildings, along with Victory Day (June 23) and Independence Day (February 24). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: holes

caster - A container with holes in the top for sprinkling something like sugar or pepper. More...

chad - A hole poked out of cards or paper. More...

latebricole - Some animals are latebricole, living in holes. More...

canal - The holes in a sponge are called canals. More...

In the News

Strolling Dinosaur Duo: How Social were Carnivorous Beasts?

When dinosaurs walked the earth, some of them may have walked side-by-side. A new study of around 50 fossilized footprints left by a pair of carnivorous dinosaurs on a beach 142 million years ago suggests that some dinosaurs may have been more social ... More...
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