Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

disbelieve

Definition:(verb) Reject as false; refuse to accept.
Synonyms:discredit
Usage: He was inclined to disbelieve her story, but she had several documents to support her claims.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs that Indicate Judgment

There are several types of evaluative adverbs, which can be classified according to their function. We can use evaluative adverbs to make judgments about someone's actions, including our own. "Wrongly" is an evaluative adverb that we can use in this way. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

Robot Jockeys

Camel racing has been a popular sport in the Arab world for thousands of years, however, this "Sport of Sheiks" has recently earned condemnation from human rights groups for its almost exclusive use of child jockeys, usually boys around the age of four, who are sold to race organizers or camel owners and starved to reduce their weight. In response, nations such as Qatar have banned the use of child jockeys and replaced them with robots developed by a Swiss robotics firm. How do they work? 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
There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

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

Does Planet 9 Exist? Mystery Object Will Soon Have Have 'Nowhere' to Hide

The mysterious, fabled “Planet 9” will have nowhere to hide once a new astronomical experiment is underway, scientists think. Some scientists believe a mysterious, as-yet-unseen planet might be causing a number of minor planets to take strangely ... More...
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