Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

shipshape

Definition:(adjective) Of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder.
Synonyms:trim, well-kept
Usage: Toys were strewn everywhere in the playroom, but we worked together to clean it up and soon had the place shipshape.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Wrong vs. Wrongly

The adjective "wrong" can become the adverb "wrongly," but we can use "wrong" as an irregular adverb as well—both are acceptable. When "wrong" is used as an adverb, where must it be positioned in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Bengal Famine of 1943

The Bengal Famine took place in the midst of WWII in British-occupied Bengal, now Bangladesh, and parts of eastern India. What distinguished the year of 1943 was not that rice production fell dramatically, but rather that food prices soared while wages stagnated. It has been called a "man-made famine" because, according to some, the occupying British both exacerbated it with their actions and failed to provide relief. How many people are estimated to have died from starvation due to the famine? More...
This Day in History

Farmer Discovers Howe Caverns (1842)

Howe Caverns is a cave system in east-central New York that lies 156 ft (48 m) below ground. It was discovered in 1842, when farmer Lester Howe began to wonder why his cows all seemed to gather near one particular hill on hot summer days. Upon investigating, he felt a cool breeze blowing from a hole in the hill. He and a neighbor began to dig out the hole and uncovered the entrance to a cave. They explored it extensively and opened it for tours the next year. Why are there boats in the cave? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)

Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer noted for his tales about fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally a doctor, Conan Doyle studied under the sharp-eyed Dr. Joseph Bell, who was noted for his ability to draw accurate conclusions about people through observation. Bell was thus the model for Holmes, who appeared for the first time in 1887. Conan Doyle "killed off" Holmes in 1893 but was forced by public demand to resurrect him. What famous unsolved hoax might the author have perpetrated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

good God!

An oath expressing surprise, shock, frustration, anger, or annoyance. More...
Today's Holiday

Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature (2020)

This celebration of words and language has been held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, since 1988. It offers 10 days of comedy, theater and musical performances in addition to conversations and readings by poets and fiction writers. The festival regularly features some of the most widely known Welsh, Irish, English, European, and American writers in the world; musical performances have included the Welsh National Opera Male Choir and the English Shakespeare Company. A series of master classes in poetry, short story, and screenwriting has also been established for young writers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tomb

epitaph - From Greek epi, "upon, over," and taphos, "tomb" or "funeral." More...

lair - First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps." More...

pall, pallbearer - Pallbearer is based on pall, which was first a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb. More...

cromlech - Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb." More...

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