Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

tittle

Definition:(noun) A tiny or scarcely detectable amount.
Synonyms:iota, scintilla, shred, smidgeon, whit
Usage: Sydney Carton drank nothing but a tittle coffee.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominalization

Nominalization refers to the creation of a noun from verbs or adjectives. Most of the time, nouns are created from other parts of speech through the use of suffixes. In other cases, "conversion" or "zero derivation" are used. How do these methods work? More...
Article of the Day

Facial Hair

Over the centuries, as styles of clothing change and evolve, so too do the ways in which men wear their facial hair. In 18th-century Europe, the chinstrap, a narrow line of beard that grows along the chin and jaw, gained popularity, while the handlebar moustache, with its characteristically lengthy ends, is considered stereotypical of the 19th-century American Wild West. What are "friendly mutton chops"? More...
This Day in History

The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)

In the late 1960s, Australian farmer Leonard Casley protested government wheat quotas he considered unfair. Unsuccessful, he turned to Commonwealth law and styled himself a monarch—His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt—and founded The Principality of Hutt River. His pronouncement of sovereignty was never successfully challenged by the Australian government, and he is now considered a non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes. What legal quirks allowed him to start his own micronation? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Wheeler Shaw, AKA Josh Billings (1818)

Shaw studied at Hamilton College but was expelled for removing the clapper from the chapel bell. After a roving life as farmer, explorer, and coal miner, he settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, as an auctioneer and real estate dealer. In 1860, using the pseudonym Josh Billings, he began to write humorous sketches and homespun philosophies in rural dialect—often with intentionally crude misspellings—and soon became a popular lecturer. What are some of Shaw's best aphorisms? More...
Quotation of the Day
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Ridvan (2018)

The Feast of Ridvan is a Baha'i celebration to commemorate a 12-day period in 1863 when the Baha'i founder, Baha'u'llah (which means "Glory of God"), made the declaration that he was God's messenger for this age. When he made his declaration, Baha'u'llah was staying outside Baghdad, Iraq, at a garden he called Ridvan, meaning "Paradise." The first, ninth, and 12th days of the period (April 21, 29, and May 2, respectively) are holy days when work is suspended. The celebration starts at sunset, April 20, the eve of Ridvan. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: quiet

coy, quiet - Coy and quiet derive from Latin quietus, "at rest, in repose," with coy coming from the Old French form coi (earlier quei), and quiet coming straight from Latin; the original sense of coy was "quiet, still." More...

conticent - If something is hushed or quiet, it is conticent. More...

q.t. - An abbreviation for "quiet," as in, on the q.t. (or QT). More...

wildtrack, room tone - The wildtrack or room tone consists of the barely audible noises that make up a background sense of quiet. More...

In the News

Spuds from the Red Planet? NASA Really Does Want to Grow Potatoes on Mars

In a case of life imitating art, NASA, like the fictional botanist Mark Watney, is experimenting with growing Martian potatoes, though so far only in the Mars-like soil of the Peruvian desert. Growing food will be critical to long-term human missions ... More...
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