Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

gallivant

Definition:(verb) Wander aimlessly in search of pleasure.
Synonyms:gad, jazz around
Usage: Mike spent years gallivanting around and indulging his every whim before settling down and entering the workforce.
Daily Grammar Lesson

When to Use a Slash

Using a slash is generally considered informal by style guides, and its use is discouraged in formal, academic, and professional writing. What is the only time a slash is considered acceptable in formal writing? More...
Article of the Day

Bacterial Conjugation

First observed in 1946, bacterial conjugation is the transfer of genetic material between bacterial cells through a bridge-like connection during direct contact between the cells. The transferred information is often beneficial to the recipient cell and can include material involved in antibiotic resistance. The process is easily interrupted—some scientists have disrupted it simply using a blender—and such breaks stop the transfer. How does the transfer of genetic material take place? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

The Egyptian Revolution was a coup d'état led by a group of army officers that overthrew Egypt's King Farouk I. Organized by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the "Free Officers Movement" decried the Egyptian monarchy as corrupt, pro-British, and ineffective and was incensed by Egypt's defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Days after the coup began, Farouk abdicated and General Muhammad Naguib took over as leader of Egypt. The monarchy was later abolished, and a republic was declared. What became of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Jannings (1884)

Jannings was an acclaimed silent film actor who, in 1929, won an Academy Award for best actor—becoming the first person presented with an Oscar. He earned the award for his performances in two films, one of which, The Way of All Flesh, is now considered a "lost film" since no copies of it are known to exist. The advent of sound in film effectively ended his Hollywood career, as he had a thick German accent. What scandalous association doomed any chance he later had of making a comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misfortune, n.: The kind of fortune that never misses.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

which way the wind blows

What appears probable or likely; how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. More...
Today's Holiday

Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival (2020)

The Aquatennial Festival that takes place in Minneapolis is not only a celebration of summer, but of the region's many rivers and lakes as well. Of the nearly 50 events in the festival, one of the most popular is the Milk Carton Boat Race, a competition for vessels made entirely from milk cartons. First held in 1940, the Aquatennial Festival also features such events as the evening Torchlight Parade and the Grande Day Parade, a sand castle competition, a sailing regatta, a triathlon, and a fireworks display. More than 800,000 people attend the 10-day annual festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rob

bribe - From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob." More...

clip joint - Based on clip, meaning "swindle, rob." More...

pilfer - Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob." More...

plunder - Etymologically, it means "rob of household goods," from Dutch plunde/plunne, "household goods." More...

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