Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 28, 2020)
Word of the Day

brouhaha

Definition:(noun) Loud confused noise from many sources.
Synonyms:hubbub, katzenjammer, uproar
Usage: The judge tried in vain to silence the spectators and end the brouhaha in his courtroom.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Viewpoint Adverbs to Indicate a Point of View

Many common viewpoint adverbs are actually adverbials, or groups of words that function together as an adverb. "In my opinion" is a common viewpoint adverbial used to indicate that one is expressing a personal point of view. What are some other viewpoint adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Thomas Dunn English

Though he was an accomplished writer and politician, English is best known for his bitter feud with Edgar Allen Poe that turned physical at least once. They had once been friends, but in the early 1840s, their relationship deteriorated. Each began to publish thinly-veiled, mocking satires of the other. Poe included references to English in the revenge tale, The Cask of Amontillado, and English ridiculed Poe as a drunk. Eventually, Poe sued for libel and won. What led to their falling out? More...
This Day in History

The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)

In 1920, meteorologists did not have modern forecasting equipment, and there was no storm warning system in place in the US. Thus, when an outbreak of storms began near dawn on March 28, 1920, few were prepared for the devastation that followed. Some 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured that day by at least 38 recorded tornadoes in the deep South and the Midwest. Why is it likely that both the total number of tornadoes as well as the actual death toll were underreported? More...
Today's Birthday

Freddie Bartholomew (1924)

Abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by a British aunt whose last name he took, Bartholomew was a successful child actor in Hollywood during the 1930s. He appeared in such films as David Copperfield, which propelled him to fame at the age of 10; Little Lord Fauntleroy; and Captains Courageous. After he became successful, his biological parents launched a protracted and expensive court battle to regain custody of the child star. Were they successful? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

have a sneaking suspicion

To have a slight but persistent premonition or intuition (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic (2020)

March 28 is the birthday of Jan Amos Komensky (or John Comenius; 1592-1670), a noted educational reformer and theologian in the former Czechoslovakia. Komensky was the first person to write an illustrated textbook for children, used for teaching Latin words; he was also a proponent of compulsory education. It has been traditional for children to honor him on Teachers' Day, or Komensky Day, by bringing flowers and gifts to their teachers. The day is also observed with lectures, music, and educational activities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inability

acalculia - The inability to perform simple arithmetic. More...

impotence, sterility - Impotence is the male's inability to copulate or get an erection; sterility is the inability of either a male or female to procreate. More...

abulia, aboulia - Inability to make decisions is abulia or aboulia. More...

paramnesia - Can mean the inability to recall the meanings of common words. More...

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