Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

scoundrel

Definition:(noun) A wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately.
Synonyms:villain
Usage: I am afraid to leave you here with these devilish scoundrels.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen—typically, the outcome is the opposite of what actually happened. How do we form the third conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Pulp Magazines

Pulp magazines were popular, inexpensive fiction magazines published from the late 19th century through the 1950s, primarily in the US. Printed on cheap paper with ragged, untrimmed edges, "pulps" were cheaper than books or standard magazines. While many respected, now-famous authors wrote for pulps, the magazines were known for their lurid, exploitative stories and sensational cover art, often featuring scantily-clad women. What famous masked hero made his rapier-toting debut in pulp magazines? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836)

In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war. What short-lived independent nation did they establish that year? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Theodor Jaspers (1883)

Jaspers was a German philosopher and psychopathologist often identified as an exponent of existentialism, although he rejected this classification. In his magnum opus, Philosophy, he argued that the aim of philosophy is practical and that its purpose is the fulfillment of human existence. He believed illumination is achieved through the experience of "limit situations" like conflict, guilt, and suffering, which define the human condition. What forced him to give up his teaching career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hand-to-mouth

Having, providing, or characterized by the bare minimum of money, food, or resources to survive, with little or nothing else to spare. More...
Today's Holiday

Carnival in Cologne (Kölner Karneval) (2020)

Pre-Lenten activities are especially festive in Cologne, Germany. The celebration begins officially on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 p.m., and the festival calendar is filled with 300 costume balls and performances of original songs and humorous speeches. These events lead up to the final "crazy days" just before Ash Wednesday, when the Lord Mayor of Cologne receives the Triumvirate of Carnival—Prince Carnival, the Cologne Virgin (played by a man), and the Cologne Peasant. The prince gets the keys to the city and rules the city until Carnival ends. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sailors

hurrah, hurray, hooray - Hurrah, hurray, and hooray are alterations of huzza, a sailor's cheer. More...

jumper - First a loose jacket worn by sailors, from jump, "a short coat." More...

put through the hoop - An ancient marine phrase for a punishment for sailors involving an iron hoop. More...

smart money - A phrase meaning money bet by those in the know, originating in 1926; earlier than that, it meant "money paid to sailors, soldiers, workers, etc., who have been disabled while on the job." More...

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