Today's Highlights

Word of the Day

spendthrift

Definition:(noun) One who spends money recklessly or wastefully.
Synonyms:scattergood, spend-all, spender
Usage: You talk as if a miser on Monday were always a spendthrift on Tuesday.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Tense

The past tense is used to describe or indicate an action that began in the past. There are four forms of the past tense that can accomplish these tasks. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Dekotora

A uniquely Japanese phenomenon, Dekotora—or "Decoration Trucks"—are dump trucks, tractor-trailers, or buses that have been customized with large amounts of lights, metallic ornamentation, and elaborate artwork. Popularized in the 1970s, Dekotora are retrofitted to reflect their owners' tastes, incorporating intricate chrome and steel work and designs ranging from dragons to flowers, mountain scenes, Buddhist symbols, pop stars, and anime characters. What 1975 film made Dekotora popular? More...
This Day in History

The Running of the First Chicago Marathon (1977)

The largest marathon in the world at that time, the first running of the Mayor Daley Marathon—now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—drew 4,200 participants. Since then it has grown both in size and prestige. The race is now capped at 45,000 runners and is considered one of the world's most renowned marathons. The 30th anniversary running of the race was unique in several respects. For one thing, it featured a special CEO challenge, and for another, it was halted after just 3 ½ hours. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi (1799)

After Napoleon took control of Spain, Venezuelans seized the chance to revolt against Spanish rule. In 1811, Venezuela declared independence, but an earthquake in 1812 destroyed cities held by the rebels and furthered the cause of the royalists. In 1815, a pregnant Arismendi was captured—one day before her 17th birthday—by Spanish forces hoping to exert pressure on her husband, General Juan Bautista Arismendi, but she refused to renounce the revolution while imprisoned. What happened to her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

marry into money

To become wealthy or financially secure by marrying someone who is wealthy or has a wealthy family. More...
Today's Holiday

Hispanic Heritage Month (2021)

Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the US from September 15 until October 15. It is issued as a presidential proclamation each year. The activities that take place during the month, particularly in cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latinos have made the US a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latino musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latinos who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wire

muselet - The wire that holds a champagne cork in place. More...

reinforced concrete - Has wire or metal bars embedded to increase its tensile strength. More...

down to the wire - Alludes to the imaginary wire at the finish line in a horse race. More...

under the wire - Meaning "just in time," it is also from horse racing. More...

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