Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 11, 2019)
Word of the Day

long-suffering

Definition:(adjective) Patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble.
Synonyms:enduring
Usage: It called to him across that leagues-wide savannah, and was like a benediction to his long-suffering, pain racked spirit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Dazzlers

A dazzler is a type of a directed-energy weapon that employs intense visible light to temporarily blind its target. Compact enough for an individual to carry, dazzlers were initially developed for military use and were possibly first used in combat by the British to thwart low-level Argentinean air attacks during the 1982 Falklands War. Non-military models are now becoming available for use in law enforcement and security applications. How are dazzlers being used by US troops in Iraq? More...
This Day in History

The Mount Everest Disaster (1996)

During the spring climbing season in 1996, 15 people died trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, making it the deadliest season in the mountain's history. Eight of the deaths occurred on a single day in May, when climbers were caught by a fierce storm. The disaster was chronicled in a number of books, including one by journalist Jon Krakauer, who was on assignment writing about the commercialization and overcrowding of Everest. What non-weather factors contributed to the deaths that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Martha Graham (1894)

In a career spanning more than half a century, American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham transformed the art of dance with her revolutionary style and choreography. Her technique became the first significant alternative to classical ballet, and her influence extended worldwide through her students, many of whom went on to become choreographers themselves. One of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House and to receive what honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a stab in the back

A betrayal; an act of treachery. More...
Today's Holiday

Frost Saints' Days (2021)

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laugh

deride - From Latin de-, "completely," and ridere, "laugh at." More...

keak - To cackle, laugh at. More...

fleer - To laugh in a disrespectful or jeering way. More...

flizzen - To laugh with the whole face. More...

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