Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

regalia

Definition:(noun) Magnificent attire; finery.
Synonyms:raiment, array
Usage: He arrayed himself in the regalia of millionaires and presidents.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements and Sentence Placement

Adverbial complements always appear after the verb they complement. If the verb is intransitive, the complement will appear directly after the verb. If the verb is transitive, where will the complement appear? More...
Article of the Day

Subvertising

Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words "subvert" and "advertising," the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Drake Strikes Oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania (1859)

In the late 1850s, Drake hired a salt well driller to start digging on a piece of land near Titusville, Pennsylvania. Though oil was known to exist nearby, there was no practical way to extract it, and its primary use was in medicine. In August 1859, Drake struck oil at a depth of 69 feet (21 m), an event that marked the birth of the oil industry. Once a quiet village, Titusville became a bustling town as prospectors flocked to the area. What disaster struck the town more than once? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Stewart Rolls (1877)

A member of the British aristocracy, Rolls developed an interest in engines and cars while studying at Cambridge. He became the first person there to have a car—a Peugeot—and, in 1902, he went into the automobile sales business. Striking a deal with manufacturer Frederick Royce in 1906, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce automobile company, which quickly earned a reputation for its engineering. In 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls became the first Briton to die in what unusual way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

lap of the gods

A state beyond possible human control, intervention, or responsibility; a state or condition that is or will be decided by nature or fate. Usually used in the phrase "in the the lap of the gods." More...
Today's Holiday

Wheat Harvest Festival (2017)

The small village of Provins in north-central France celebrates its wheat harvest at the end of the summer. On the last Sunday of August, villagers decorate their homes and shops with wheat and wildflowers. There are also exhibits of antique farming tools and parades featuring harvest floats pulled by tractors. The villagers reenact ancient rituals involving wheat and perform demonstrations of how the grain is separated, ground, and baked to make bread. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ships

nauscopy - The ability to sight land or ships at a distance. More...

spring a leak - First referred to ships, describing the way the timbers sprang out of position and let in water. More...

square meal - May derive from the square platters used for serving meals on ships. More...

longshoremen - When sailors passed goods from the ships to men along the shore, those men came to be called longshoremen. More...

In the News

Beyond Terminator: Squishy "Octobot" Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics. The ‘octobot’ described today in Nature is the first self-contained robot made exclusively of soft, flexible parts. Interest in soft robots has taken ... More...
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