Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

get-go

Definition:(noun) The time at which something is supposed to begin.
Synonyms:commencement, offset, outset, showtime, start, beginning, kickoff, first
Usage: She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect

If we are highlighting that the action or event in the past perfect tense came before another action or event, this second verb is often (but not always) in the past simple tense. The past perfect can appear in a sentence either before or after a later action or event. Regardless of its position, what does the past perfect always refer to? More...
Article of the Day

Mortsafes

In the early 19th century, a sharp rise in the number of anatomy schools in Scotland was followed by a marked increase in the incidence of grave robbing, which filled the growing need for dissection subjects. Revelations about the practice led to public outrage, and, around 1816, to the invention of mortsafes—heavy, iron contraptions placed over the graves of the newly deceased to deter body snatchers. What was one of the only ways these anatomy schools could obtain cadavers legitimately? More...
This Day in History

Pink Floyd Releases Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon is a concept album by the rock group Pink Floyd that explores the nature of the human experience through themes such as money, war, mental illness, and death. It is considered by many fans to be the band's magnum opus. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time—it is estimated that one in every 14 people in the US under the age of 50 owns or owned a copy of this album. Many fans claim that the album's music provides an alternative soundtrack to what 1939 film? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Sheppard (1847)

The most prominent member of New Zealand's suffrage movement, Sheppard helped make her country the first nation to grant women the right to vote. She was also active in the temperance movement, which sought to achieve its goals by promoting woman's suffrage. Today, Sheppard's image appears on New Zealand's 10-pound note, and she is honored in a monument at Christchurch. Immediately after women's suffrage was granted in 1893, Sheppard embarked on a frantic, 10-week effort to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk ... but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") More...
Today's Holiday

Commonwealth Day (2021)

From 1903 until 1957, this holiday in honor of the British Empire was known as Empire Day and celebrated on May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday. Between 1958 and 1966, it was called British Commonwealth Day. Then it was switched to Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday in June, and the name was shortened to Commonwealth Day. It is now observed annually on the second Monday in March. In Canada it is still celebrated on May 24 (or the Monday before) and referred to as Victoria Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reject

discard - First meant "throw out or reject a card from a hand." More...

eighty-six - "Reject, discard"—may be rhyming slang for "nix." More...

quash - From Latin quatere, "shake," it generally means "reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure," or "put an end to; suppress." More...

reprove - To reject or express disapproval of something. More...

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