Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 4, 2020)
Word of the Day

farsightedness

Definition:(noun) Seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing.
Synonyms:prospicience, prevision
Usage: Felicia has an uncommon farsightedness when it comes to the stock market and has made millions with her investments.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs vs. Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. While comparative adjectives describe similarities and differences between two nouns, what do comparative adverbs make comparisons between? More...
Article of the Day

The Poison Affair

During the trial of Marie Madeleine d'Aubray, marquise de Brinvilliers, who stood accused of conspiring to poison her relatives to secure the family fortune, it was revealed that such poisons, or "inheritance powders," could be readily bought from Parisian fortune-tellers and alchemists. The news terrified high society, especially the king's court. An investigation was launched, and a hysterical period ensued during which how many people were executed for poison conspiracies? 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
With Women, we speak of "love", "duty", "right", "wrong", "pity", "hope", and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

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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