Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

prejudicious

Definition:(adjective) Causing harm or injury.
Synonyms:damaging, detrimental, prejudicial
Usage: The reporter's coverage resulted in prejudicious publicity for the defendant.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How Adverbial Nouns Modify Verbs

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial noun in the following sentence? "I am leaving tomorrow." More...
Article of the Day

Kayan Neck Rings

The Kayan are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group known for their unusual tradition of body modification, which consists of coiling lengths of brass around women's necks. The coils are first applied to young girls when they are approximately five years old, and each coil is replaced with a longer one as the weight of the brass pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage. Contrary to popular belief, the neck vertebrae are not actually lengthened. Can wearers remove the rings entirely? More...
This Day in History

The Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire (1999)

The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and became a major trans-Alpine transport route linking France and Italy. On March 24, 1999, passing motorists alerted a driver that his truck was smoking. His cargo of flour and margarine had caught fire in the tunnel. The fire burned for 53 hours and reached temperatures over 1,832°F (1,000°C), trapping drivers and thwarting rescue efforts. The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the inferno? More...
Today's Birthday

Fatty Arbuckle (1887)

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature, and he was particularly fond of the now-famous "pie in the face" gag. Arbuckle had a lasting impact on the silent film genre and mentored stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. However, he is best known for his involvement in what scandal that destroyed his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

send a shiver down (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Blossom Festival (2022)

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., is held when the cherry trees planted around the Potomac River Tidal Basin bloom. The 3,000 trees were a gift to the city of Washington from the city of Tokyo, Japan, in 1912, and today they are the focal point of a two-week festival celebrating the friendship between the two countries. The festivities include formal receptions for the 52 festival princesses (representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam) and a Cherry Blossom parade through downtown Washington. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melancholy

elegiac - Can mean "melancholy, mournful." More...

brown study - Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study. More...

hypochondria - First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy. More...

tristful - Means "full of melancholy or sadness." More...

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