Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

captious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults.
Synonyms:faultfinding
Usage: She found the new professor to be captious, marking all the grammatical errors in her essays while ignoring the points she had tried to make.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Complements

An adjective complement is a phrase or clause that provides information necessary to complete an adjective phrase’s meaning. Adjective complements are similar to but distinct from modifiers of adjectives. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

The Salic Law

The Salic law was the rule of succession in some royal and noble European families that forbid females to succeed to certain titles or offices in the family. It likely came from the Salian Franks, who prohibited women from succeeding to the throne. The rule was most prominently enforced by the house of Valois and the succeeding house of Bourbon in France and was involved in the rivalry of Stephen and Matilda for the English throne. What impact did it have when Victoria became queen of England? More...
This Day in History

The "Flying Tailor" Dies after Failed Parachute Jump from Eiffel Tower (1912)

Parachutes at the dawn of the aviation age were bulky and, inconveniently, had to be pre-opened. Among those trying to improve upon their design was French tailor Franz Reichelt. He had some success testing his designs on dummies, but he had no evidence that his parachute would work with a real person when he jumped from the Eiffel Tower before a crowd of spectators and reporters. The chute failed to open, and he plummeted to his death. How had he convinced the authorities to allow the jump? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Lindbergh (1902)

In 1927, Lindbergh, an American aviator, made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic in 33.5 hours, landing in Paris to a hero's welcome. He returned to the US a celebrity but moved to England in 1932 to escape the media frenzy surrounding the kidnapping and murder of his son. Returning to the US in 1940, he faced criticism for opposing US entry into WWII. Still, he flew combat missions for the US during the war. He helped invent what device that made open-heart surgery possible? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

get a big head

To become arrogant or conceited; to assume an exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Li Ch'un (2020)

Li Ch'un is Chinese for "spring is here." This is one of 24 days in the Chinese calendar marking a change of season. The celebration of spring in some places has involved a procession of local dignitaries, dancers, singers, and musicians. Some of these carried a platform holding an ox and his driver made of paper. Each year the Chinese almanac, the T'ung Shu, gives specific instructions about the most auspicious colors to use in creating the ox and driver. People also traditionally mount a post with feathers outside their homes, which means that spring has officially arrived. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: moves

ascend - A planet ascends when it moves toward the zenith or comes above the horizon. More...

substrate - The surface on which an organism lives or moves. More...

acquitment - The series of moves that a magician makes to convince the audience that his/her hands are empty. More...

haws - If an animal haws, it turns or moves to the left. More...

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