Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 31, 2016)
Word of the Day

atavism

Definition:(noun) A reappearance of an earlier characteristic.
Synonyms:throwback, reversion
Usage: Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. We form comparative adverbs either by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the base adverb, or by adding what ending to the base adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Misanthropy

Misanthropy is a general dislike or distrust of the human species. Typically motivated by social alienation or feelings of contempt for society's prevailing characteristics, misanthropes express a dislike for humanity as a whole, but can have normal relationships with some individuals. Overt expressions of misanthropy can be attributed to characters throughout literature. What existentialist philosopher and writer famously wrote that "hell is other people" in his play No Exit? More...
This Day in History

Pulp Fiction Hero "The Shadow" Debuts on the Radio (1930)

The fictional, crime-fighting vigilante known as The Shadow originally debuted as the announcer of Detective Story Hour, a radio program that was quickly eclipsed by the popularity of its own narrator. The following year The Shadow got his own magazine and became one of pulp fiction's most enduring heroes, entering film and television. The radio show was re-named The Shadow and ran for more than 25 years. What comic book hero refers to The Shadow as his "biggest inspiration"? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Friedman (1912)

Friedman was an American economist and a leading US advocate of monetarism, the belief that a nation's money supply is the chief determinant of its economy. He wrote numerous books and was a frequent television commentator and magazine columnist, which made him one of the most publicly familiar US economists. Friedman served as an adviser to US presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. To what South American country did he provide economic advice following a military coup? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wouldn't do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled. We would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

hustle (one's) bustle

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up; to get moving quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamaica Festival (2020)

Originally called the Independence Festival of Jamaica because it ended on Jamaica's Independence Day, the Jamaica Festival emphasizes the cultural roots, conservation, and revival of traditional art forms by ethnic groups—particularly music, dance, and games of African origin—as well as nurturing contemporary arts. Competitions determine who will perform each year, the categories of which include fine art, photo, and culinary exhibits, music, dance, plays, and literary readings. The festival has been held in Kingston, Montego Bay, and elsewhere on the island since 1963. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: husk

beer nut - A peanut served with its husk but not its shell. More...

brown sugar, brown rice - Brown sugar is unrefined or partially refined; brown rice is unpolished with only the husk removed. More...

husk - A shortening of Dutch huisken, "little house." More...

paddy - As in "field," it is from a Malay word meaning "rice in the straw or husk" (making rice paddy redundant). More...

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