Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 25, 2021)
Word of the Day

hidebound

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded.
Synonyms:traditionalist
Usage: It is no use trying to reason with your grandfather, he is a hidebound old man who will never understand your position on the matter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Functions of Other Demonstrative Pronouns

The less commonly used demonstrative pronouns are "none," "such," and "neither." "None" and "such" can be used as both singular and plural demonstrative pronouns, although there is debate as to whether "none" can denote plurality. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Population Bottlenecks

Cheetahs are basically all the same. Any two randomly selected cheetahs will be so similar genetically that a skin graft from one will likely provoke no immune response in the other. In the distant past, cheetahs underwent a population bottleneck—an evolutionary event in which a species nearly dies out and is repopulated by a few individuals whose genes are then disproportionately reflected in the ensuing generations. All humans can trace their ancestry back to a single woman. When did she live? More...
This Day in History

Imelda Marcos Parts with Her Shoes (1986)

When Philippine political leader Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda were driven into exile following the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, they left behind evidence of a lavish lifestyle that pointed to possible corruption and embezzlement. The former first lady's shoe collection, which numbered in the thousands, became a symbol of the Marcos's excesses. Despite her alleged misdeeds, Imelda returned to home after Ferdinand's death and ran for president with what result? More...
Today's Birthday

Merwan Sheriar Irani, Meher Baba (1894)

Born into a Zoroastrian family of Persian descent, Meher Baba underwent a spiritual awakening at 19 and in time concluded that he was the avatar—the incarnation of God in human form—of his age. He formulated a belief system that identified the goal of life as realizing the oneness of God, from whom the universe emanates. In an effort to bring others to that realization through love, he worked extensively with the poor and the physically and mentally ill. For how many years did he remain silent? More...
Quotation of the Day
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

be not short of a penny (or two)

To be exceptionally wealthy; to have no concerns regarding money. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuwait National Day (2022)

This national holiday commemorates Kuwait's independence from Britain in 1961. Though internally governed by the Sabah family, Kuwait had had its foreign affairs handled by Britain since 1899. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: linen

sash - From Arabic shash, first a roll of silk, linen, or gauze worn about the head, a turban. More...

lingerie - Entered English meaning "linen articles collectively," from French linge, "linen." More...

linsey-woolsey - First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound. More...

taffeta - Goes back to Persian taftah, "silken cloth, linen clothing." More...

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