Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 10, 2019)
Word of the Day

overstate

Definition:(verb) To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth.
Synonyms:exaggerate, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, amplify
Usage: I don't want to overstate things, but I feel like if I don't eat a hamburger in the next five minutes I am going to die of hunger.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence. What is a direct object? More...
Article of the Day

Tidal Bores

A tidal bore is an inrush of water with a wavelike front that advances up a river or narrow bay, against the current, with considerable force and velocity. It is caused by the progress of an incoming tide from a wide-mouthed bay into its narrower portion and occurs in relatively few places in the world. The largest, China's Qiantang River bore, can reach 30 ft (9 m) in height and travel as fast as 25 mph (40 km/h). Although dangerous, bores are sought out by athletes who engage in what sport? More...
This Day in History

First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees. About how many trees were planted on the first Arbor Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
We must eat to live and live to eat.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

castle in the air

A hope or wish, especially for one's life, that is unlikely to come true. A daydream. More...
Today's Holiday

Lac Long Quan Festival (2019)

This six-day festival, held in the Vietnamese village of Binh Minh, honors the legendary king Lac Long Quan. According to tradition, his wife, Au Co, "hatched" 100 people who ended up populating what is now known as the Ha Tay Province. During the festival people celebrate their ancestors with offerings of fruit and flowers paraded by young women accompanied by folk musicians, then elders bestow blessings on the offerings. Although Lac Long Quan and Au Co are the focus of the proceedings, Buddha is also included and considered a special guest. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: marking

pastry wheel, pastry jagger - A pastry wheel or pastry jagger is a handled tool with a thin sharp wheel, used for marking and cutting rolled-out dough. More...

stocking - A white marking on the lower part of a horse's leg. More...

on the dot - Probably a reference to the minute hand of the clock being exactly over the dot marking the given minute on the dial. More...

hilum - The scar on a seed marking the point where it was attached to its seed vessel. More...

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