Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

jocular

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by jokes and good humor.
Synonyms:jesting, joking
Usage: The jocular atmosphere of the mess hall disappeared when the drill sergeant entered the room.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved. Because adverbs of place are specific to actions of verbs, they cannot be used to modify adverbs or adjectives—with one exception. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

Composting

Compost is a dark, soil-like substance made of decomposed plant material. It is generally used in agriculture to improve soil structure and as a form of fertilizer. A range of methods and tools can be used for composting, but the process can also be as simple as letting a pile of dead plant matter—such as grass clippings or vegetable waste—sit and decompose for a year or more. Even in winter, the interior of the pile will remain hot due to the digestive action of microbes. What is "compost tea"? More...
This Day in History

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Opens in New York (1960)

Groundbreaking in its depiction of sex and graphic violence and in its exploration of mental illness, Psycho is often seen as marking a turning point in film history, simultaneously labeled as the first slasher film and a work of cinematic art. The film's "shower scene" has taken on an iconic status as one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed. What blooper did Hitchcock's wife reportedly notice during one of the film's final screenings before its official release? More...
Today's Birthday

Katharine Graham (1917)

Graham was publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 to 1979 and was at the helm when the paper played an integral role in breaking the Watergate scandal that led to US President Richard Nixon's resignation. One of the first women in the US to head a prestigious national newspaper, Graham had few female role models. She became a trailblazer for women in journalism and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. How did she come to head up the Post? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

the wrong crowd

A group of people, typically peers, who partake in and elicit immoral, criminal, and/or dangerous behavior and attitudes. More...
Today's Holiday

South Africa Youth Day (2022)

Throughout the history of South Africa, black citizens have suffered from segregation and oppression by white leaders. On June 16, 1976, more than 20,000 students from Soweto began a protest march. Police were called to the scene, and violent riots broke out. Approximately 700 people, many of them youths, were killed. June 16 has been set aside as Youth Day across the Republic of South Africa, to commemorate the day the protests began and to honor the youth who lost their lives during the riots. Ceremonies, parades, and historic exhibitions are part of the celebrations across South Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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