Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

firmament

Definition:(noun) The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.
Synonyms:celestial sphere, empyrean, heavens, welkin
Usage: The stars shine in the endless firmament.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs with Prepositional Phrases

A linking verb can be followed by a prepositional phrase that acts as an adjective to describe the subject. What do these usually describe? More...
Article of the Day

Szczerbiec

The sole surviving piece of the original Polish crown jewels, the Szczerbiec—or "Notched Sword"—is the ceremonial sword that was used to crown Polish kings from 1320 to 1764. Legend states that it was given by an angel to King Boleslaw, who chipped it on the gates of Kiev in 1018, yet the sword only dates to the 13th century, raising questions about the veracity of the tale. Looted by Prussian troops in 1795, the sword was not returned until 1928. Why is there a slit on its blade below the hilt? More...
This Day in History

"Wrong Way" Corrigan Flies from New York to Ireland (1938)

In 1938, American aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan made his infamous, unauthorized transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland. He claimed that during a planned flight to California, foggy conditions and a misread compass made him fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction without noticing. In the years leading up to his "navigational error," he had applied several times for permission to make the transoceanic trip, but was always rejected. How was he punished for his actions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Cagney (1899)

After cutting his teeth on stage as a vaudeville and Broadway song-and-dance man, Cagney established himself as the quintessential gangster in the 1931 film The Public Enemy. He continued to play thugs in films like Angels with Dirty Faces and White Heat and won an Oscar for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He had a passion for farming and died on his secluded farm in 1986. In 1981, he broke a 20-year retirement to appear in one of his last films. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

hot desking

The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required. More...
Today's Holiday

British Open (2020)

The British Open is the oldest and one of the most prestigious international golf championship tournaments in the world. It began in 1860 at the then 12-hole Prestwick course in Scotland and is now rotated among select golf courses in England and Scotland. The Open has a special cachet for golfers since Scotland is considered, if not the birthplace of golf, the place where it developed into its present form played with ball, club, and hole. The game may actually have originated in Holland, where they called it kolven, but golf in Scotland goes back before 1457. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toss

fungo - A baseball drill in which a batter tosses a ball in the air and hits it as it descends, probably from Scottish fung, "to pitch, toss, fling." More...

jactitating, jactitation, jactation - If you toss and turn at night, you are jactitating; jactitation or jactation is restless tossing or twitching. More...

saute - A form of French sauter, it means "to leap or cause to toss." More...

walk - First meant "roll," "toss," or "move about; go"—from Old English wealcan, "to roll." More...

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