Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

hard-hitting

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or full of force and vigor.
Synonyms:trenchant
Usage: After her hard-hitting report on conditions in the tent cities of Haiti's capital aired, viewers donated millions of dollars to charities there.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Subject

The subject is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. Every sentence requires a subject and a verb to be complete—with one exception. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

The Simurgh

Simurgh is the modern Persian name for a mythical, benevolent flying creature found in all periods of Greater Iranian art and literature as well as in the iconography of medieval Armenia and Byzantium. The simurgh is depicted as a female, winged creature with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion. It is said to be large enough to carry off an elephant or a whale. According to Iranian legends, the bird is so old that it has seen the destruction of the world how many times? More...
This Day in History

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" Is Published (1948)

Published by the The New Yorker the same month it was written, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" instantly became one of the most controversial stories ever run by the esteemed magazine. Hundreds of outraged readers cancelled their subscriptions or wrote letters expressing their confusion and anger over the story's meaning. Now considered a classic, the chilling story matter-of-factly describes an annual lottery in a bucolic American town in which one person is selected for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Abner Doubleday (1819)

Doubleday was a US Army officer who distinguished himself in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter and saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He also served in the Mexican and Seminole Wars. He retired from the army in 1873 and wrote many articles, including two accounts of his war experiences, drawing on his 67 volumes of diaries. For years, accounts persisted that he invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Did he? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. More...
Today's Holiday

Heidi Festival (2020)

The town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, has celebrated the annual Heidi Festival since the 1960s. Founded in 1845 by immigrants from the Swiss canton of Glaurus, the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, continued to attract Swiss immigrants over the years. Today it celebrates its cultural heritage in its yearly Volksfest and Heidi Festival. The Heidi Festival revolves around four performances of Heidi, Johanna Spyri's well-known play about a young Swiss shepherdess. The festival also includes opportunities to enjoy Swiss music, food, and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorant

ignore, ignorant - Ignore and ignorant are from Latin i-, "not," and gno-, "know." More...

nescient - Can mean "ignorant" or "agnostic," coming from Latin ne, "not," and scire, "know." More...

nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity." More...

rude - Derives from Latin rudis, "uncultivated," and first meant "uneducated, ignorant." More...

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