Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

impish

Definition:(adjective) Naughtily or annoyingly playful.
Synonyms:arch, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked
Usage: These remarks were greeted with shouts of laughter by the impish creatures and one seized the Scarecrow's arm and was astonished to find the straw man whirl around so easily.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Multiple Prepositional Phrases

Sentences can (and often do) have more than one prepositional phrase. How can you tell what kind of prepositional phrase each one is? More...
Article of the Day

The Kaaba

Islam's holiest place, the Kaaba—whose name is derived from the Arabic word for "cube"—is a cuboid stone building located in the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When performing their daily prayers, Muslims around the world turn to face the Kaaba, whose four corners correspond roughly to the points of the compass. Although the Kaaba is surrounded by a restricted area that can only be entered by Muslims, the structure itself predates Islam. What did the Kaaba represent to pre-Islamic Meccans? More...
This Day in History

Attica Prison Riot: 33 Guards Taken Hostage (1971)

Though the US made strides in prison reform in the 20th century, not enough had apparently changed at Attica Correctional Facility by 1971 to appease those confined in the overcrowded New York prison. At the time, inmates got just one "shower" a week and one roll of toilet paper a month. It was against these, and other, conditions that prisoners were protesting when they rioted and took 33 guards hostage. Days later, authorities stormed the prison, killing 39, including how many of the hostages? More...
Today's Birthday

Otis Redding (1941)

Redding, an American soul singer known for his emotive style, began his career with Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers and recorded his first hit, "These Arms of Mine," during time left over at the end of a Johnny Jenkins session. His biggest hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was recorded just days before he died in a plane crash at age 26. It became the first posthumous number-one single. What are some different explanations for why Redding whistles at the end of the song? More...
Quotation of the Day
We called him Tortoise because he taught us.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

one side

Move aside! Get out of the way! (Short for "move to one side.") More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Independence Day (2018)

On September 9, 1991, Tajikistan officially declared its independence from the distintegrating Soviet Union. Independence Day is celebrated with parades, solomn services, theatrical events, and pageantry. July 22 is another national holiday, celebrating the Tajik language. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mysterious

arcane - Meaning "hidden, secret; mysterious, abstruse," it is from Latin arcere, "shut up," from arca, "chest." More...

god moves in a mysterious way, the worse for wear, variety is the spice of life - "God moves in a mysterious way" originated with poet William Cowper—as did the phrases "the worse for wear" and "variety is the spice of life." More...

handwriting on the wall, writing on the wall - Handwriting on the wall (or writing on the wall) comes from the Bible (Daniel 5:5-31), in which the prophet interprets some mysterious writing that a disembodied hand has inscribed on the palace wall, telling King Belshazzar that he will be overthrown. More...

fluence - To put the fluence on is to use one's mysterious, magical, or hypnotic power. More...

In the News

Blood clot risk -- and other problems -- might be tied to how tall you are

How tall you are might hold clues to your risk of various health problems, such as blood clots, according to a new study. Height can be an independent predictor of your risk for venous thromboembolism, or VTE, also known as blood clots, according ... More...
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