Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

welter

Definition:(noun) A confused mass; a jumble.
Synonyms:clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother
Usage: Surrounded by a welter of papers and magazines, Susan began work on her scrapbook.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Short vs. Long Adverbs

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear. However, an adverb's length can also impact where it is placed in a sentence. Do short adverbs or long adverbs tend to be positioned first? More...
Article of the Day

The Don

Sir Donald "The Don" George Bradman's 20-year cricket career began in 1928, when he joined the Australian national team. He is widely considered the sport's greatest player and one of the world's most outstanding athletes. Bradman's career batting average was 99.94 runs per inning, a record that still stands at 30 runs higher than his nearest competitor. In 1934, acute appendicitis and peritonitis nearly cost Bradman his life. Who famously asked to be kept apprised of his condition? More...
This Day in History

Sir Francis Drake Begins Circumnavigation of the Globe (1577)

Drake, an English buccaneer and navigator, set out in 1577 with five ships to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World. After abandoning two ships, he navigated the Straits of Magellan with the remaining three, becoming the first Englishman to do so. Another ship was destroyed in a storm, and a fourth returned to England, but Drake continued alone up the coast of S America, crossed the Pacific, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived in England in 1580. How was he rewarded? More...
Today's Birthday

Talcott Parsons (1902)

From 1927 until his retirement in 1974, Parsons, an American sociologist, trained three generations of students at Harvard University. He was known for his attempt to construct a single theoretical framework within which general and specific characteristics of societies could be systematically classified and was largely responsible for introducing the work of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber to American sociologists. Why was Parsons considered one of the most controversial sociologists in the world? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. It is the policeman in all our hearts, set there to watch that we do not break its laws. It is the spy seated in the central stronghold of the ego.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

go off in a huff

To leave in an angry, belligerent, or vexed mood. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Republic Day (2019)

On September 21, 1964, Malta was granted its independence from Britain. According to its constitution, Queen Elizabeth II would initially serve as the supreme leader of Malta. On December 13, 1974, Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth, with the President as head of state. To commemorate this day, December 13 has been declared Republic Day in Malta. A big feast is held and Malta's National Anthem is played and/or sung at the end of all masses. In addition, the President of Malta presents national awards, namely the Order of Merit and Gieh ir-Repubblika. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hood

apartheid - From Dutch apart, "separate," and -heid, "-hood," it is pronounced uh-PAHR-tayt or uh-PAHR-tight. More...

chaperone, chaperon - Chaperone comes from French chaperon, meaning "hood" or "cowl, head covering," which was worn from the 16th century by ladies who served as guides and guardians; chaperon is the standard spelling and chaperone is a variant resulting from pronunciation. More...

cobra - From Portuguese cobra de capello, "snake with hood"—based on Latin colubra, "snake." More...

hood - Etymologically, hood and hat are the same word, ultimately both meaning "head-covering." More...

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