Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 1, 2020)
Word of the Day

pouter

Definition:(noun) Someone with a habitually sullen or gloomy expression.
Synonyms:picklepuss, sourpuss
Usage: What will it take for you to stop being such a pouter and enjoy yourself?
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Verbs Used to Make a Request

Because modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, it is sometimes unclear when it's more appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "will," "can," "could," and "would" can all be used to make a request of someone, with differing degrees of politeness. Which of these modal verbs are considered the most polite options? More...
Article of the Day

The Fregoli Delusion

The Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person irrationally suspects that different people he encounters are actually a single individual using multiple disguises. It is related to the Capgras delusion, in which a loved one is suspected of having been replaced by an imposter, as both disorders are thought to involve a breakdown in normal face perception and are characterized as delusional misidentification syndromes. Why is this delusion named after the Italian actor Leopoldo Fregoli? More...
This Day in History

Sony Introduces the Walkman (1979)

Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. Who invented the portable personal stereo cassette player years before the Walkman's debut? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology. In the early 1700s, he became embroiled in a controversy with Isaac Newton over what issue? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

hoist by (one's) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one's own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one's own trap or schemes. (Note: "hoist" in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, "hoise.") More...
Today's Holiday

Somalia Independence Day (2020)

Somalia became an independent, unified country on July 1, 1960. In colonial times, Somalia was divided up between Britain and Italy. The northern part of the region was British Somaliland, and other areas belonged to Italy. On July 1, 1960, both areas were united as the Republic of Somalia. Since a government overthrow in 1991, however, the country has disintegrated into the Republic of Somaliland and the Republic of Puntland, neither of which is recognized by what is left of the Republic of Somalia, represented by the transitional national government established in October 2000. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: magician

magus - A person regarded as having great wisdom or powers likened to those of a magician. More...

archimage - A great magician, from Greek archi-, "chief, principal," and Latin magus, "magician." More...

fascinate, fascinator - Fascinate is derived from Latin fascinare, "to bewitch or enchant," and a fascinator was a magician. More...

mage, magian - Mage and magian are two other ways to say magician. More...

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