Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

paucity

Definition:(noun) Smallness of number; fewness.
Synonyms:dearth
Usage: Despite the paucity of natural resources, the country was able to develop its industry.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Degrees of Comparison - Adverbs

Just like adjectives, adverbs have comparative and superlative degrees; adverbs in their basic forms are sometimes known as being in the positive degree. What do superlative adverbs identify? More...
Article of the Day

Woody Guthrie

Guthrie was an American folk musician best known for the song "This Land Is Your Land." During the Great Depression of the 1930s, he lived a hobo's life, traveling with his guitar and harmonica. Guthrie wrote or adapted more than 1,000 songs, often performing them at protest rallies, and became a successful radio personality and a hero to protest singers like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. After his death, his daughter approached what singer to record songs with lyrics that Guthrie had written? More...
This Day in History

WWII: First Armed Insurgency in Warsaw Ghetto (1943)

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the Jewish armed resistance that took place in the Warsaw Ghetto of Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. By July 1942, the Nazis had forced 500,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto. Starvation killed thousands each month and thousands more were transferred to "labor" camps every day. When word reached the ghetto that the destination was actually the gas chambers at Treblinka, the newly formed Jewish insurgency attacked the Nazis. How long did the insurgency last? More...
Today's Birthday

Archibald Alexander Leach, AKA Cary Grant (1904)

Grant performed with an acrobatic comedy troupe in England before he found parts in stage musicals. After he made his film debut in 1932, his debonair charm, good looks, and distinctive voice made him a popular star in sophisticated comedies such as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and The Philadelphia Story. He also starred in many Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, including North by Northwest. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1970. What was his last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have (hand)writing like chicken scratch

To have very poor, messy, and/or illegible handwriting, likened to the marks made in the dirt by a chicken. More...
Today's Holiday

Rukmini Ashtami (2020)

Vaishnavite Hindus believe that Rukmini, Lord Krishna's primary wife and queen, was born on this day. The fast known as Rukmini Ashtami is observed by women, both married and unmarried. Rukmini, Krishna, and Pradyumna, their son, are worshipped. A Brahman priest is also fed and given dan-dakshina, or charitable gifts, on this day. Many middle-class Hindus believe that observance of this fast ensures conjugal happiness and prosperity, and that it will help them find good husbands for unmarried girls. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unexpected

visit, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence. More...

October surprise - An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes. More...

off the wall - Alludes to squash or handball, when a shot comes off the wall at an unexpected or erratic angle. More...

wrong-foot - To disconcert by doing something unexpected. More...

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