Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 23, 2019)
Word of the Day

megahit

Definition:(noun) A product or event, such as a movie or concert, that is exceedingly successful.
Synonyms:smash hit, blockbuster
Usage: After a series of flops brought the film studio to the brink of bankruptcy, it released several megahits that restored its solvency.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs from One-Syllable Adverbs

There are simple rules that tell us which method of creating comparative adverbs is correct. In general, when the adverb has only one syllable, how do we make it comparative? More...
Article of the Day

The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age was a period of expansion of mountain glaciers and cooling of global temperatures that occurred between 1400 and 1900, especially in the Alps, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Alaska. Although no definitive link has yet been proved, the middle and coldest portion of the Little Ice Age corresponds roughly to the Maunder minimum, a period of unusually low sunspot activity lasting from about 1645 to 1715. How is the Little Ice Age thought to have influenced the art of the period? More...
This Day in History

Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

Minutes after taking off from an Athens airport on November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648 was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists. The plane was forced to land in Malta, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the hijackers. The terrorists shot two Israelis and three Americans before Egyptian commandos launched a disastrous raid in which nearly 60 hostages were killed. Remarkably, three of the passengers shot by the terrorists survived. How did one of the terrorists almost escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Adolph "Harpo" Marx (1888)

Harpo was a member of the American comedy team known as the Marx Brothers. The brothers enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from the early 1900s to about 1950. Harpo never spoke during their performances and instead blew a horn, whistled, or mimed to communicate. He also got laughs with his prop-laden sight gags, many of which involved the seemingly infinite number of odd items he managed to produce from his topcoat's oversized pockets. How did he get his nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
In this world you've just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

a sly dog

Someone who, through cunning, devious, or dishonest means, achieves a fortuitous outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Tellabration (2019)

A nationwide night of storytelling, Tellabration was started in 1988 by storyteller J. G. ("Paw-Paw") Pinkerton. The event began with storytelling in six communities in Connecticut. The next year, Texas and Missouri also had Tellabrations, and by 1991, storytelling on this night was happening in 72 communities in 27 states, as well as in locations in Bermuda and Canada. Eventually, the length of Tellabrations extended to a weekend. Proceeds of the event go toward developing the archives of Storytelling Foundation International in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: provide

dub - Meaning "to provide a film with a soundtrack," it is an abbreviation of "double." More...

endow - First meant "provide a dower or dowry." More...

refurbish, refurnish, redecorate, renovate - Refurbish means to "clean up again," refurnish means "to provide with new furnishings," redecorate means "to add new decoration(s)," and renovate means "renew or restore to as-new condition." More...

improvise - Etymologically, if you improvise something, it is because it has not been "provided" for in advance, from Latin improvisus, "unforeseen." More...

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