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

IRA Bomb Kills British Statesman and Naval Commander Louis Mountbatten (1979)

A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten's boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

strap on the (old) feed bag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldova Independence Day (2018)

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country's independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poles

sedan chair - An enclosed chair carried on poles. More...

oblate, prolate - Oblate means "flattened at the poles," and the opposite is prolate; the Earth is an oblate spheroid. More...

tent - Comes from a Latin word for "stretch," as early tents were made from cloth or skins stretched on poles. More...

running boards - Originally extended from bow to stern on canal boats—which men walked along, propelling the boats with poles. 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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