Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

disputable

Definition:(adjective) Open to argument or debate.
Synonyms:arguable, debatable, moot
Usage: He certainly looked at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was disputable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctions

Conjunctions are used to express relationships between things in a sentence, link different clauses together, and to combine sentences. There are four main types of conjunctions—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

Hacktivism

A portmanteau of "hack" and "activism," hacktivism is the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools such as website defacement or parodies, redirects, information theft, and virtual sit-ins to achieve political ends. Acts of hacktivism are often conducted in the belief that they will have effects similar to that of regular activism or civil disobedience, but critics contend that cyber-attacks are a destructive form of protest. What is the earliest known instance of hacktivism? More...
This Day in History

Three-Year-Old Madeleine McCann Goes Missing (2007)

A few weeks before her fourth birthday, Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Portugal, where she, her parents, and her twin siblings were on vacation. Her disappearance received international press coverage, but despite numerous investigations by several different agencies, young Madeleine remains missing and no arrests have been made in the case. However, Portuguese authorities at different times categorized several individuals as having arguido status, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (1933)

One of the original inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown evolved a highly personal style that combined gospel and blues elements with a spectacular stage presence. During his five-decade career, "the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" had numerous chart-topping singles and albums. What trademark feature of Brown's stage shows was inspired by professional wrestler Gorgeous George? More...
Quotation of the Day
Yesterday, n.: The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be in bad with (someone)

To be disliked or out of favor with someone; to be in trouble with someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Polish Constitution Day (2021)

May 3, known in Poland as Swieto Trzeciego Maja, is a patriotic legal holiday honoring the nation's first constitution, adopted in 1791. It introduced fundamental changes in the way Poland was governed, based on the ideas of the French Revolution, and represented an attempt to preserve the country's independence. Although the May 3rd Constitution (as it was called) represented a great advance for the Polish people, it also aroused the anxieties of neighboring countries and eventually led to the Second Partition two years later. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: smoking

stogie, stogy - A stogie (or stogy) is named for the Conestoga wagon—as drivers of the wagons rolled tobacco into thin ropes for smoking on long trips; stogies are now long, thin cigars. More...

cigar - Comes from Spanish cigarro, from the Mayan verb sik'ar, "to smoke" or "smoking." More...

dottle - Any tobacco left in a pipe after smoking. More...

pipe dream - Originated with opium smoking. More...

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