Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

debunk

Definition:(verb) To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of.
Synonyms:expose
Usage: When Rosa heard the ridiculous rumor being spread around the class, she decided to debunk the myth herself.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitives

An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is "unmarked" (not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle "to." What is a split infinitive? More...
Article of the Day

The Harappan Civilization

The Harappan civilization is the name given to the mature phase of the Indus Valley civilization, an ancient society that inhabited the Indus and Ghaggar-Hakra river valleys in what is now Pakistan and western India. Named after its city of Harappa, the civilization flourished from 2600 to 1900 BCE, developing a technologically advanced urban culture that was likely the result of efficient planning and a government that emphasized hygiene. What modern convenience first developed in its cities? More...
This Day in History

Queen Elizabeth Wakes to Find Strange Man in Her Bedroom (1982)

In the early hours of July 9, 1982, 32-year-old Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace—for the second time—and entered Queen Elizabeth II's bedroom. He set off the alarm, but guards believed it to be false and turned it off. The Queen awoke when Fagan moved a curtain in her bedroom, and he talked to her while she waited for police to arrive. The officer who was supposed to be posted outside her door at the time was walking the Queen's dogs. Why was Fagan not charged for his brazen trespass? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Fern (1811)

Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Willis Parton, an immensely popular American columnist and novelist known for her conversational writing style and emphasis on the everyday concerns of middle-class women. Though she had struggled to support her children after her first husband died and caused a scandal by ending her unhappy second marriage, she persevered and by 1855 commanded the unprecedented sum of $100 a week for her New York Ledger column. What famous saying is attributed to her? More...
Quotation of the Day
No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. More...
Today's Holiday

Nunavut Day (2021)

Canada's northernmost territory of Nunavut was established on July 9, 1993, through a land claim signed by the national government and the Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Most of the day's activities take place in Nunavut's hub and capital city, Iqaluit. Festivities include barbeques, parades, traditional Inuit games, and feasts featuring local cuisine of caribou, walrus, and arctic char. In recent years, the day's program has also included organized tournaments of cribbage, checkers, and Scrabble. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: signs

conjecture - First meant "the interpretation of omens or signs" or "divination," and it literally means "to throw together," that is, to produce a theory by putting together a number of facts. More...

diacritic - From Greek diakrinein, "distinguish from," it denotes marks or signs that distinguish different values or sounds (pronunciations) of a letter. More...

semiopathy - A tendency to read humorously inappropriate meanings into signs. More...

sigla - The words for signs and abbreviations representing words. More...

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