Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

rapier

Definition:(noun) A straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges.
Synonyms:tuck
Usage: Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Predicate Nouns

Predicate nouns are a subset of a larger category known as "subject complements," which rename or re-identify the subject. What type of verb do subject complements follow? More...
Article of the Day

The Vienna Dioscurides

The Vienna Dioscurides is an early 6th-century copy of De Materia Medica, a manuscript first created by the ancient Greek physician and pharmacologist Dioscurides. A precursor to all modern pharmacopeias, it remained in practical use until about 1600. The Vienna Dioscurides contains more than 400 pictures of animals and plants and is the earliest known manuscript to use a solid gold background. It is also the oldest surviving illustrated treatise on what type of animal? More...
This Day in History

Kaprun Disaster Leaves 155 Dead (2000)

High above the Austrian ski resort of Kaprun, a funicular railway car carrying over 160 people to a glacier caught fire after a defective heater ignited hydraulic brake fluid in the rear of the car. Only partway through a 2-mi (3.2-km) tunnel, the car came to a sudden halt. As the fire grew, the passengers were plunged into darkness and trapped behind inoperable doors. Almost all who managed to escape the burning car suffocated in the tunnel. How did the 12 survivors manage to escape to safety? More...
Today's Birthday

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922)

An influential American writer, Vonnegut used wry, black humor to highlight the horrors of 20th-century civilization. His novels, which include Breakfast of Champions and Player Piano, are frequently satirical and pessimistic, yet morally urgent. The best-selling Slaughterhouse-Five was based on Vonnegut's experience of surviving the firebombing of Dresden. Which of Vonnegut's novels was accepted by the University of Chicago as his thesis for an anthropology degree? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

fingers crossed

An expression of hope that something one desires will come to pass or turn out to be true. A truncated version of the phrase "keep your fingers crossed." More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martin's Day (Portugal) (2020)

On the Feast of São Martinho, people roast chestnuts, drink red Portuguese wine, and butcher a pig. There is a St. Martin's Day Fair at Golegã, in Ribatejo, that features a famous horse show at which some of the country's finest thoroughbreds are displayed. Another well-known St. Martin's Day Fair is held at Penafiel, in Trás-os-Montes. The parades and celebrations that are held in towns and villages throughout Portugal on this day are usually more secular than Christian in flavor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mash

bangers and mash - Sausage and mashed potatoes. More...

farrago - From Latin, originally "a mash for feeding cattle"; later, figuratively, a medley or hodgepodge. More...

mash - Originally malt mixed with hot water, to make wort. More...

mush, moosh - Mush and moosh (nouns) are variations on mash. More...

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