Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 7, 2019)
Word of the Day

fritter

Definition:(verb) Spend frivolously and unwisely.
Synonyms:fool away, dissipate, shoot
Usage: Our English youth fritters away its time in idleness and pleasure-seeking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Simple Tense

The simplest way we create the future simple tense is by using the modal verb "will" + the bare infinitive (without "to") of the main verb of the sentence. How else can the future simple tense be formed? More...
Article of the Day

Simple Machines

Practically every machine in existence incorporates one or more simple machines, elementary mechanical devices that change the magnitude or the direction of a force. These include the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw. The idea of the "simple machine" originated with the Greek philosopher Archimedes around the 3rd century BCE, but it was not until 1600 that scientists showed that simple machines only transform energy and do not create it. Who figured this out? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2020)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plastic

aglet - The plastic or metal covering on the end of a shoelace (formerly called the point) that makes it easier to thread through the eyelet holes. More...

plastic - From Greek plastos, "to form, mold." More...

plastic surgery - Dates to 1837; "plastic" is used in the sense of "molding, shaping." More...

velo binding - A type of document fastener using a narrow strip of plastic on the front and back and attached with thin plastic pegs through the pages; also called velobind. More...

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