Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

cuspidor

Definition:(noun) A receptacle for spit (usually in a public place).
Synonyms:spittoon
Usage: Louisa was revolted when their mysterious guest coughed, spitting mucus into his already brimming cuspidor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive Nouns

Attributive nouns, also called noun adjuncts, are nouns that are used to modify other nouns. For example, the noun adjunct "toy" can be used to modify the noun "soldier." The resulting phrase ("toy soldier") is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Energy Vampires

In New Age terminology, an energy vampire is a being said to have the ability to feed off the "life force" of other creatures. Such entities include the tiger-women of Asia and the incubi and succubi of Judeo-Christian mythology. Though not as popular as their blood-sucking counterparts, energy vampires have nonetheless made appearances in a number of works of popular fiction. Who popularized the term "psychic vampire" in the 1960s? More...
This Day in History

British Troops Are Deployed in Northern Ireland (1969)

In August 1969, tensions between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland came to a head in the predominantly-Catholic Bogside neighborhood of Londonderry. For days, fighting raged with Catholic residents on one side and police and Protestant residents on the other. On August 14, British troops were deployed to restore order. Some consider that day to be the definitive beginning of the decades-long conflict known as The Troubles. How did residents react to the arrival of the army? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Ørsted (1777)

Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist. In 1820, he discovered that electric current passing through a wire can deflect a nearby compass needle, a phenomenon that inspired the development of electromagnetic theory. His 1820 discovery of piperine, one of the pungent components of pepper, was an important contribution to chemistry. In 1824, he founded a society devoted to the spread of scientific knowledge among the general public. What unit of measurement was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Battle of Hansan Festival (2020)

The Great Battle of Hansan Festival is held annually in Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, for four days in August. This colorful and eventful celebration marks the stunning victory of Admiral Yi Sun-sin over the Japanese navy at the Battle of Hansan during the Imjin War (1592-1598). A re-enactment of the battle in the waters off Tongyeong is the undisputed highlight of the event, but dozens of associated activities are also held, including a commemorative parade; performances of music, dance, and drama; art exhibitions; and lectures. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pulling

pull out all the stops - Refers to the knobs and levers on a church organ that control the pipes; pulling out all the stops will result in the full range of pitch and maximum volume. More...

track - Borrowed from Old French trac, from Middle Dutch trek, "pulling," or trekken, "pull." More...

traction, tractor - Traction and tractor trace back to Latin tractus, "drawing, pulling," and trahere, "draw, pull." More...

tractive - Refers to power exerted in pulling, especially by a machine. More...

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