Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-sufficient

Definition:(adjective) Able to provide for or support oneself without the help of others.
Synonyms:self-sustaining
Usage: A strong and self-reliant man, he had all his life ignored companionship, had been well content to live without friends, self-contained and self-sufficient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Hyphens

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). What is a hanging hyphen? More...
Article of the Day

The Tylenol Crisis of 1982

The Tylenol Crisis, as it is now known, took place in the fall of 1982, when seven people in the Chicago area died after ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol capsules laced with the poison potassium cyanide. Their deaths, the first known to have been caused by deliberate product tampering, led to packaging reforms and federal anti-tampering laws. Despite a $100,000 reward offered by Johnson & Johnson, the perpetrator was never caught. How did Tylenol recover after the collapse of its market share? More...
This Day in History

Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Airs McCarthyism Episode (1954)

In the early 1950s, US Senator Joseph McCarthy persecuted scores of people he deemed subversive in a series of widely-publicized hearings that whipped the public into an anti-Communist frenzy. In 1954, journalist Edward R. Murrow produced an episode of his TV show See It Now that criticized the Red Scare and turned public opinion against McCarthy using the senator's own words. Murrow later invited McCarthy to respond. What happened when the senator accepted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vita Sackville-West (1892)

Sackville-West was an aristocratic English writer and gardener who married the diplomat and author Harold Nicolson in 1913. Their complicated relationship is chronicled in Portrait of a Marriage, a biography inspired by her journals and written by their son Nigel. The gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, which she designed, are among the most visited in England. However, she is perhaps best remembered for her love affair with author Virginia Woolf, which inspired which of Woolf's novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Magha Puja (2020)

This important Buddhist holy day is celebrated in India, Laos, and Thailand, where it is a national holiday. The day commemorates the occasion when 1,250 followers ordained by the Buddha arrived by coincidence at Veluvan Monastery in Rajagriha, Bihar, India, to hear him lay down monastic regulations and predict his own death and entry with Nirvana. On this day there are sermons in the temples throughout the day, and monks spend the day chanting. Each person carries flowers, glowing incense, and a lighted candle in homage to the Buddha. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mention

oojah, ooja-ka-piv, oojiboo - An oojah or ooja-ka-piv or oojiboo is "a thing whose name one forgets, does not know, or prefers not to mention." More...

apophasis - Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it. More...

infandous - Describing something too horrible to mention. More...

mention - Its etymological notion is "reminding," from Latin mentio, "remembrance." More...

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