Words! Words! Words!

“Murder, She Did”

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 8, 2020 7:00:00 AM

On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrated Victory in Europe Day. In 1884, Harry S. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri. Sometime after becoming a haberdasher, he became president of the United States. In 1963, with the release of Dr. No, moviegoers got their first look at the super-spy James Bond, played by Sean Connery. (All other actors fall short of the role. Everyone knows that.) And in 1988, in Seattle, Washington, Stella Nickell was convicted on two counts of murder after she put cyanide in Excedrin capsules in an effort to kill her husband. She killed him and a complete stranger. (This was roughly 12 years after the first “Tylenol murders” in Chicago.) Let’s see if you can spy a victory today in our quiz and thereby rise to heights unheard of. We’ll leave it at that.

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Reaching New Heights

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 1, 2020 12:09:09 PM

On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicated New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turned on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York. On this day in 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down while conducting espionage over the Soviet Union. The incident derailed an important summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that was scheduled for later that month. Let’s see how high and how fast you can go with today’s word quiz. Be sure not to bail out before you finish!

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A Founding, a Downing, and a Stolen Crowning

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 21, 2020 10:39:39 AM

 

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, founded Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Would you believe there is a coin in the Louvre dated April 21, 753 B.C., commemorating the founding? In 1918, in the skies above France, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed by Allied fire (and not by Snoopy). In 1836, at the Battle of San Jacinto, the Texas militia under the leadership of Sam Houston routed Mexican forces led by General Santa Anna. And in 1980, Rosie Ruiz faked her win in the Boston Marathon. She actually jumped into the race about a mile before the finish line. Poor Rosie was crowned the winner, only to be shamed and disqualified a week later. See if you can get ALL the words in today’s quiz. Don’t start at #9 and think you can win.

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The Famous Date of April 15

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 15, 2020 2:06:49 PM

The date April 15 is loaded with good and bad. The most recent good is that this year, it’s NOT Tax Day in the US, what with the COVID situation and all! And on this day in 1947, the great Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. But also on this day, the Titanic sank in 1912, the so-called Boston Bombers killed three spectators at the Boston Marathon and injured many more in 2013, and President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. See if you can apply your vocabulary skills for better or worse today in our quiz.

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Observation, Opportunity, Decision, and Disaster, All in One

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Nov 12, 2019 8:54:18 AM

On this day in 1799, Andrew Ellicott, an early American astronomer, witnessed the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys. Ellicott’s journal entry is the first known record of a meteor shower in North America. In 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shut its doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. On this day in 1979, President Jimmy Carter responded to a potential threat to national security by stopping the importation of petroleum from Iran. And on this day in 2001, an American Airlines flight out of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City crashed into a Queens neighborhood after takeoff, killing 265 people.

See if your vocabulary skills light up the sky with your brilliance or cover you in a coat of slippery, good ol’ American oil.

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Fire Up Your Vocabulary!

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Oct 8, 2019 7:30:00 AM

On this day in 1871, flames sparked in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that killed between 200 and 300 people, destroyed 17,450 buildings, left 100,000 homeless and caused an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square miles of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire. The city averaged two fires per day in 1870; there were 20 fires throughout Chicago the week before the Great Fire of 1871.

See if your word skills heat up with today’s quiz.

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There's a Word for Us

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 26, 2019 8:39:27 AM

On September 26, 1957, West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein, opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. For the groundbreaking musical, Bernstein provided a propulsive and rhapsodic score that many celebrate as his greatest achievement as a composer. However, even without the triumph of West Side Story, Bernstein’s place in musical history was firmly established. In addition to his work as a composer, the “Renaissance man of music” excelled as a conductor, a concert pianist, and a teacher who brought classical music to the masses.

See if you wax rhapsodic in today’s word quiz.

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Words in Orbit

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 17, 2019 7:30:00 AM

On September 17, 1976, NASA publicly unveiled its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, during a ceremony in Palmdale, California. Development of the aircraft-like spacecraft cost almost $10 billion and took nearly a decade. In 1977, the Enterprise became the first space shuttle to fly freely when it was lifted to a height of 25,000 feet by a Boeing 747 airplane and then released, gliding back to Edwards Air Force Base on its own accord. Try our word quiz and see how high you can soar and how far you can glide.

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September 3 in Word History

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 4, 2019 7:30:00 AM

On Sep. 3, 1783, the American Revolution officially came to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River.

Try your fighting and diplomatic skills with today’s word quiz. Select your answers and we'll show your score at the end. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are using an iPad, please click on this link to access the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sept-3-in-word-history.

 

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Do You Know the Correct Word?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 1, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Here at ProofreadNOW.com, one of our jobs is to make sure our customers use the right word, always. Some words are confusing, though. For instance, is it "martial law" or "marshal law" when the government takes over? Does one have a "flare" for fashion or a "flair" for fashion? Take our quick 10-word quiz and see where you land.

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