Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

scathe

Definition:(noun) The act of damaging something or someone.
Synonyms:damage, harm, hurt
Usage: It is true also that I did lay my hands upon this jack-fool of a brother Ambrose, though, as you can see, I did him little scathe.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Direct Objects

Direct objects are directly affected by the verbs they complete. What questions can we ask to identify the direct object in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Gloomy Sunday

Written in 1933 by Hungarian composer Rezso Seress, the song "Gloomy Sunday" has been the subject of several urban legends. Recorded and performed by numerous artists, notably Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday, the song was once called the "Hungarian suicide song" due to claims that it inspired hundreds of suicides in Hungary and in the US. Further legends claimed that performances and radio broadcasts of the song were banned as a result. What fact about Seress likely fueled some of the legends? More...
This Day in History

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)

OPEC is a multinational organization that was established in 1960 to coordinate the petroleum production and export policies of its original members, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Other nations have since joined the organization. In 1973, OPEC began a series of oil price increases in retaliation for Western support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War, and its members' income greatly increased as a result. Today, the organization's members produce how much of the world's crude oil? More...
Today's Birthday

María Capovilla (1889)

Capovilla was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian whose life spanned three centuries. At the time of her death shortly before her 117th birthday in 2006, she was recognized as the world's oldest living person. She was also the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. At age 100, Capovilla nearly died and was given last rites by a priest, but she recovered and lived in good health for another 16 years. She had 20 great-grandchildren and how many great-great-grandchildren? More...
Quotation of the Day
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

castles in the sky

Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

National Hollerin' Contest (2019)

Many years ago, the residents of Spivey's Corner, North Carolina, communicated with each other by calling out their greetings, warnings, and cries of distress. They also hollered for their cows, pigs, and dogs to come in. After modern technology supplanted this primitive mode of communication, a local citizen named Ermon Godwin Jr. decided to revive the custom of hollering by holding a day-long competition each year. In addition to the hollering contests, the event includes a pole climb, fox horn-blowing contests, and a watermelon carry. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notch

crenelation, crenelle - A crenelation (from Latin crena, "notch") is a series of indentations or loopholes around the top of a castle, battlement, or wall—with each indentation being a crenelle (or crenel). More...

carf, kerf - A cut or notch in timber is a carf or kerf—which are also used to describe the width of such a cut. More...

dent - As in "notch," it comes from the French word for tooth; its original meaning was "blow, stroke" in general. More...

score - First a notch used to keep count, as on a stick. More...

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