Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

shogunate

Definition:(noun) A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).
Synonyms:monocracy, dictatorship
Usage: The people had philosophical problems with the shogunate, but they had to admit that trade and commerce were flourishing under its rule.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominal Adjectives

Nominal adjectives perform the function of a noun in a sentence. They are preceded by the word "the" and can be the subject or object of a sentence or clause. What are some nominal adjectives that are used to refer to groups of people? More...
Article of the Day

Topography

In Ancient Greece, topographers were charged with writing detailed descriptions of places, works that are now called “local histories.” By the 20th c, the practice of topography had evolved into the study and representation of the features and configuration of land surfaces. Topographic maps use symbols and coloring to represent elevations, depressions, and depths of water and depict the contours of both natural and man-made features. In what other scientific fields has topography been applied? More...
This Day in History

Survivor of British Retreat from Kabul Reaches Jalalabad (1842)

During the First Anglo-Afghan War, a group of 4,500 British soldiers and 12,000 British civilians left Kabul for Jalalabad. Beset by murderous bands, their numbers quickly dwindled. A few were captured alive and later released, but army surgeon William Brydon was the sole person to escape the final ambush by Afghan tribesman and reach the British camp at Jalalabad that day. Part of Brydon's skull had been sheared off by a sword, but he survived thanks to what object stuffed inside his hat? More...
Today's Birthday

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832)

Alger was an American author who wrote more than 100 children's books. Highly formulaic, each taught that through honesty, perseverance, and hard work, poor but virtuous lads could prevail in life. Published in 1868, the first of those books, Ragged Dick, was an immediate success. Despite the weaknesses of Alger's writing, his books ultimately sold more than 20 million copies, making him one of the most popular writers of the 19th century. What ended Alger's previous career as a minister? More...
Quotation of the Day
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

long arm

Broad, far-reaching power or influence. (Usually paired with a noun, as in "the long arm of the law.") More...
Today's Holiday

Lohri (2018)

Lohri is a traditional seasonal festival in India celebrating winter's end and the returning prominence of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere. Among Hindus and Sikhs, Lohri is a particularly special occasion for families who have had a baby during the previous year; families may celebrate with a feast and family members and friends often give gifts to the new child. Throughout India today, Lohri is widely celebrated at night with bonfires and dancing. People eat seasonal nuts and candies and also throw them into the fire. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vault

coping saw - A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a u-shaped frame—for cutting curves, with cope meaning "vault, arch." More...

ossuary - From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead. More...

camera - First meant "vault, chamber." More...

firmament - Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure. More...

In the News

We're Thinking about ADHD All Wrong, Says a Top Pediatrician

Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won't sit still for circle time in preschool, she's liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track ... More...
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