Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

roughneck

Definition:(noun) A cruel and brutal fellow.
Synonyms:yobo, bully, hooligan, rowdy, ruffian, yob, tough
Usage: The boys knew it was safer to avoid the alley where the neighborhood's roughnecks frequently gathered, but they chose to use the shortcut anyway.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are used when someone or something is both the subject and the object of the same verb—i.e., when both performing and receiving the action. What are the nine reflexive pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Vote Pairing

Also called vote swapping, vote pairing is an election system that allows people to vote tactically. A person who engages in this sort of vote trading agrees to vote for a less-preferred candidate who has a greater chance of winning in his district, and in exchange, a voter from another district agrees to vote for the candidate the first voter prefers. Though the practice is fairly informal, it can sometimes be quite sophisticated and involve websites that pair up voters. Is the practice legal? More...
This Day in History

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)

Nearly 90 million people watched Super Bowl XXXVIII, and approximately 540,000 of them filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission after Justin Timberlake exposed fellow singer Janet Jackson's breast during the game's halftime show. The incident led to legal action, heavy fines, and a crackdown on aspects of US broadcasting considered indecent. Shortly after the "wardrobe malfunction," a streaker darted onto the field in an unrelated stunt. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Johannes Trithemius (1462)

In 1482, 20-year-old scholar Johannes Trithemius was traveling home from university when a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in the Benedictine abbey at Sponheim, Germany. He decided to stay and was soon elected abbot, whereupon he began transforming the abbey into a place of serious study. Allegations of occultism in his writings led to his resignation, but some of those volumes that were once assumed to be about magic have since been deciphered and are now known to deal with what subject? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

knock Anthony

obsolete To knock one's knees together while walking or running (i.e., be "knock-kneed"). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Bridget's Day (2021)

St. Bridget (or Brigid, or Bride) is the female patron saint of Ireland. Her feast day, February 1, was traditionally the first day of spring in rural Ireland because it marked the start of the agricultural season. It was customary on the eve of the saint's day for the oldest daughter of the family to bring a bundle of rushes to the door. Playing the role of St. Bridget, she would distribute the rushes among the family members, who would make crosses from them and, after the crosses were sprinkled with holy water, hang them throughout the house. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whistle

fipple flute - The same as a recorder or flageolet—a flute blown from one end like a whistle. More...

pistol - Derives from a Czechoslovakian word meaning "whistle," and evolved into the name of the firearm because of a resemblance in shape. More...

lanyard - The cord holding a whistle. More...

quill - The whistle of a steam engine. More...

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