Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

hobgoblin

Definition:(noun) An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment.
Synonyms:bugbear
Usage: But this encompassment of her own characterization ... was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy—a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Slash vs. Backslash

The slash must not be confused with a backslash ( \ ), which is used in computer programming but not in written English. When a distinction between the two needs to be made, what is the slash sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

Ragweed

Ragweeds are flowering plants of the genus Ambrosia, most of which are native to America. The pollen of the weedy herbs is recognized as the primary cause of hay fever in eastern and middle North America. Its effects are exacerbated by the fact that ragweeds—which are anemophilous, or wind-pollinated—are each thought to be able to produce about one billion grains of pollen in a single season. For what other reasons is ragweed so difficult to eradicate? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of New Echota Is Signed (1835)

In 1835, a minority faction of the Cherokee tribe signed the Treaty of New Echota, which bound the entire tribe to move beyond the Mississippi River within three years. Although the Cherokee overwhelmingly repudiated the document and the US Supreme Court upheld the nation's autonomy, the state of Georgia forced their removal through military action. President Andrew Jackson refused to intervene, and thousands died on the march, known as the "Trail of Tears." To where did they march? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Tyler Moore (1936)

Although she began her career as a dancer, Moore's success came from her TV roles, first as the secretary on Richard Diamond, Private Detective and then as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She is best known, however, as the star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the most popular sitcom of the 1970s and the first show to center on a happily unmarried career woman. Over the years, she has won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. What film role earned her an Oscar nomination? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of the Black St. Benito (2019)

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito's statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing a bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito's image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: overcome

convince - Started out meaning "overcome, conquer." More...

evict - First meant "conquer, overcome." More...

exflunct - To overcome or beat thoroughly—or to use up completely. More...

profligate - To overcome or overthrow. More...

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