Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 2, 2021)
Word of the Day

hummock

Definition:(noun) A small natural hill.
Synonyms:hillock, knoll, mound
Usage: The servant girl took a break from her work in the fields to roll down the hummock, unaware that the lord of the manor was watching.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Anticipatory "It"

There are a number of other situations where "it" can be used as a dummy pronoun, without pertaining to weather, distance, or time. What is the anticipatory "it"? More...
Article of the Day

Cockney Rhyming Slang

Cockney rhyming slang has its roots in London's East End, where it was likely developed to confuse outsiders. It entails substituting a short phrase for a word with which it rhymes—like "butcher's hook" for "look"—and then dropping the part that rhymes, resulting in seemingly nonsensical constructions such as "Have a butcher's." Many of these sayings have since entered the common lexicon, though speakers are generally unaware of their origins. How was the phrase "put up your dukes" derived? More...
This Day in History

"Teflon Don" Hit with Charges that Finally Stick (1992)

For years, John "the Teflon Don" Gotti, the dapper NYC boss of the Gambino crime family, got away with murder—literally. Criminal charges slid off him time after time thanks to his long reach, which extended to witnesses and jurors alike. But Gotti's "luck" ran out in 1992. After a nearly two-month trial, he was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The FBI had finally gotten its man. How had prosecutors managed to get the charges to stick? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Ernst (1891)

Having served in World War I, German-born French painter and sculptor Max Ernst at first gravitated toward the Dada movement, but the former student of psychology and philosophy eventually became one of the founders of surrealism. Apart from the medium of collage, for which he is well known, Ernst developed other devices to express his fantastic vision, like frottage, in which a drawing tool is rubbed over paper laid on a textured surface, and grattage, a technique consisting of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not violence that best overcomes hate—nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

not get a wink of sleep

To not get any sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Pascua Florida Day (2022)

Although no one knows for certain the date on which Ponce de León landed at Florida in 1513, it is widely believed that he first stepped ashore on April 2. He named the land Pascua Florida because it was Eastertime. Pascua is a Spanish word meaning "Easter," and Florida means "flowering" or "full of flowers." The Florida state legislature designated April 2 Florida State Day in 1953. The week ending on April 2 is known as Pascua Florida Week, a time when people are encouraged to attend special programs devoted to the area's discovery and history. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trained

dolphinarium - An aquarium in which dolphins are kept and trained for public entertainment. More...

Navy SEAL - A member of the special forces unit for the US Navy who is trained for unconventional warfare on sea, air, and land. More...

pergola - Can be described as an arbor formed of growing plants trained over a trellis. More...

brain drain - The emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a country or other place. More...

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