Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

shivaree

Definition:(noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds.
Synonyms:belling, callithump
Usage: The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as "predicate nouns" (or sometimes "predicative nouns" or "predicate nominatives"). What do they serve to do? More...
Article of the Day

Underwater Archaeology

Underwater archaeology, a branch of maritime archaeology, is the study of past human life, behaviors, and cultures using the physical remains found in bodies of water or buried beneath water-logged sediment. Researchers in this field generally examine the sites of shipwrecks, submerged airplanes, structures created by humans in water bodies, and places where people once lived that have since been flooded or covered by water. How do divers record their findings underwater? More...
This Day in History

Mae West Sentenced For Obscenity (1927)

In 1926, American actress Mae West, mistress of the double entendre, began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, the first of which was the sensation-creating Sex. The notorious production did not go over well with city officials, who prosecuted West on morals charges. She served eight days of her 10-day sentence, getting off two days for good behavior. Still, the punishment did not deter her from tackling taboo subjects, as evidenced by her next play, named what? More...
Today's Birthday

Jayne Mansfield (1933)

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s, Mansfield reportedly spoke five languages, played the violin, and claimed an IQ of over 150. However, the provocative image she presented to the public was carefully crafted, and she was best known for her film roles as a "blonde bombshell" and her many appearances in photographs. Her tragic death at the age of 34 in a car accident led to the mandating of underride guards on tractor-trailer trucks in the US. What well-known actress is her daughter? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped; but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. More...
Today's Holiday

Primrose Day (2021)

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath of primroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism that Disraeli had championed. The organization's influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poison

alexipharmic - Another word for an antidote, from Greek alexein, "ward off," and pharmakon, "poison." More...

toxic - Comes from Greek toxikon pharmakon, "poison for arrows," from toxon, "bow." More...

venom - Comes from Latin venenum, the love potion Venus used to attract people to each other—but later came to describe "poison." More...

virus - A Latin word meaning "poison" or "slimy liquid," it first meant "venom of a snake." More...

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