Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 23, 2021)
Word of the Day

contrivance

Definition:(noun) An elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient.
Synonyms:stratagem, plan, design, measure, scheme, trick, plot, dodge, expedient, ruse, artifice, machination
Usage: This "shortage" is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs

Verbs are used to indicate the actions, processes, conditions, or states of beings of people or things. Verbs constitute the root of the predicate. What is the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Ha-Ha

In garden design, a ha-ha is a trench that forms a physical barrier, usually to keep out livestock, without interrupting the view or aesthetics of the garden. Before the advent of mechanical lawnmowers, the ha-ha—also called a sunk fence—ensured that grazing sheep trimmed outside grasses without destroying the lawn. In 2005, the Washington Monument was surrounded by a ha-ha for security purposes. How, according to English writer Horace Walpole, did the ha-ha supposedly get its name? More...
This Day in History

Man Causes a Sensation by Jumping off Brooklyn Bridge—Or Not (1886)

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. Three years later, a New Yorker named Steve Brodie claimed to have survived a jump off the span, and newspapers eagerly reported the stunt, allegedly done as part of a bet. Vaulted to sudden fame, Brodie embarked on a successful stage career and opened the popular Bowery Tavern. "To pull a Brodie" even became a slang term for doing something flamboyant and dangerous, but Brodie's dubious claim about his leap was later disputed. What really happened? More...
Today's Birthday

John Babcock (1900)

Prior to his death in 2010, at age 109, Babcock was Canada's last known surviving veteran of World War I. He joined the army at 15 by lying about his age. When he was discovered to be too young for combat, he was given labor jobs and was later transferred to England, where he continued his training in the Young Soldiers Battalion. Because he never actually fought on the front lines, he was uncomfortable with his fame as a veteran. At what age did Babcock finally earn his high school diploma? More...
Quotation of the Day
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

loose talk

Uninhibited, indiscreet talk or conversation, especially as might unintentionally lead to revealing private or sensitive information to others. More...
Today's Holiday

Haile Selassie's Birthday (2021)

Haile Selassie I (1892-1975), emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, was born Tafari Makonnen; he became Prince (or Ras) Tafari in 1916. Among the Jamaicans known as Rastafarians, Selassie was believed to be the Messiah, and Ethiopia was identified with heaven. Ethiopians still celebrate Haile Selassie's birthday. During the years of his reign as emperor, Selassie would stand on the balcony of his palace in Addis Ababa and greet the thousands of well-wishers who gathered there on his birthday. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: score

hopscotch - A game in which one must "hop" over the lines scratched in the ground; scotch means "scratched" or "to score." It was once called hop-score. More...

Apgar score - A measure of a baby's wellbeing that takes into account respiratory effort, skin color, heart rate, muscle tone, and sense of smell—named for American anesthetist Virginia Apgar. More...

earned run - In baseball, a run scored without the aid of errors by the opposing team's fielders. More...

points in the paint - Refers to basketball points scored from within the free-throw lane. More...

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