Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 2, 2020)
Word of the Day

obduracy

Definition:(noun) Resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible.
Synonyms:adamance, unyieldingness
Usage: My obduracy and hardheadedness often gets me in trouble at the negotiating table.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Negative Interrogative Sentences

As their name implies, negative interrogative sentences (sometimes called "interro-negative sentences") are interrogative sentences that are made negative. In addition to asking literal questions, negative interrogative sentences are often used to imply what? More...
Article of the Day

Charles Francis Hall

Hall was an American explorer of the Arctic. In the 1860s, he made two notable—but mostly unsuccessful—searches for Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. In 1871, he attempted to reach the North Pole. Though he set a new northern record, he died suddenly before reaching the pole. Later, 19 members of his crew became stranded on an ice floe for several months before being rescued. It is now believed that Hall was likely murdered, but it is also possible that he accidentally poisoned himself—how? More...
This Day in History

Henry Hudson Discovers Hudson Bay (1610)

After several failed attempts to find a northeast passage to Asia, Hudson, a veteran sea captain, sailed west and began probing N America to find a way through it by ship. In 1610, he discovered Hudson Bay but lingered too long and became trapped there by winter ice. When the weather warmed, Hudson wanted to continue exploring, but his starved and diseased crew refused. They mutinied and set Hudson, his son, and a few others adrift in a small boat without food or water. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Myrna Loy (1905)

Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp, film actress Myrna Loy soon earned praise for her witty sophistication in 1934's The Thin Man. By 1936, she was a top box-office draw. Offscreen, she was never associated with Hollywood glamour or scandal. Instead, she was one of the few actors to protest against the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era. Her outspokenness on another issue resulted in her inclusion on what world leader's personal blacklist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

all the difference in the world

The greatest degree of difference that is possible or conceivable. Without the verbs "mean" or "make," it is used to compare two disparate things. More...
Today's Holiday

Robin Hood Festival in Nottinghamshire (2020)

The Robin Hood Festival takes place for one week in early August every year in Sherwood Forest, an ancient woodland in Nottinghamshire, England. The event celebrates the life and times of one of the most popular outlaws in the world: Robin Hood. Activities and entertainment include children's theater, strolling players, jesters, jousting, and music. There are demonstrations in such aged arts as falconry and long-bow-shooting, and a medieval market offers a variety of goods. As many as 75,000 visitors take part in the week's activities. It has taken place every year since 1975. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: production

arborization - The production of a treelike structure. More...

Broca's area - An area of the brain involved with the production of speech; it was named after P. Paul Broca, a French surgeon. More...

economic, economical - Economic means "pertaining to the production and use of income," and economical is "avoiding waste, being careful of resources." More...

value-added tax - A tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production. More...

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