Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

falsify

Definition:(verb) Tamper, with the purpose of deception.
Synonyms:fudge, fake, misrepresent, wangle, manipulate, cook
Usage: The researcher was tempted to falsify his data in order to secure funding for his study.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Case

Case is the manner by which a noun is inflected depending on its grammatical function as a subject or object in a sentence. While the English language has largely discarded its case system, personal pronouns are one area in which the case system is still active, being inflected depending on whether they function as what? More...
Article of the Day

Competitive Free-Diving

In competitive free-diving—also called competitive apnea—individuals attempt to reach extreme depths or distances underwater on a single breath without using breathing equipment. Some events allow the use of fins or weights, while others do not. Because a lack of oxygen can result in a loss of consciousness, free-diving requires intense training and supervision. What is the current record for timed underwater breath-holding as recognized by the International Association for Development of Apnea? More...
This Day in History

Women's Rights Convention Opens in Seneca Falls, NY (1848)

Organized by women's rights advocates Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, the two-day Seneca Falls Convention was the US's first national women's rights convention and is often cited as the birthplace of the American feminist movement. Adopted at the conference was a document modeled after the US Declaration of Independence that called for equal rights for women, including the right to vote and to work in traditionally male professions. What was this document called? More...
Today's Birthday

Lizzie Borden (1860)

Borden is best known for her suspected involvement in the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. The killings took place in the family home and were discovered by Borden—or so she claimed. The prime suspect, she was arrested and tried for the murders. Though she was ultimately acquitted, the public was unconvinced, and she was ostracized until her death. The case's notoriety has endured in American pop culture and is still referenced today. What was the evidence against Borden? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

wallflower

Someone who remains on the outer edges of a social event, especially a dance or party, and does not participate due to being shy or unpopular. More...
Today's Holiday

Folkmoot (2022)

This two-week festival is held in the mountains at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. It features more than 350 folk musicians and dancers from countries as diverse as Ecuador, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey, Peru, Israel, Slovenia, China, and the Philippines. Events include a Parade of Nations, a bazaar with local and regional artisans and food vendors, a special children's program, and performances by the folk dancers and musicians. Many of the events take place in the nearby town of Waynesville. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stare

extant - Comes from Latin ex-, "out," and stare, "to stand," and means "currently or actually in existence." More...

stare - Its etymological notion is "fixity" or "rigidity," from a Germanic base meaning "be rigid." More...

gaure - To stare in astonishment. More...

gorgonize - To stare at with a petrifying look. More...

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