Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 16, 2018)
Word of the Day

torrent

Definition:(noun) A heavy, uncontrolled outpouring.
Synonyms:deluge, flood, inundation
Usage: She frowned and overwhelmed Pierre with a torrent of reproaches and angry words.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbial Clauses

An adverbial clause, or adverb clause, is a group of words behaving as an adverb. It is used, like a regular adverb, to modify adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. If we want to identify the function of an adverbial clause in a sentence, what can we look at? More...
Article of the Day

Pentagrams

Pentagrams, five-pointed stars drawn with five straight strokes, have been used throughout history to symbolize myriad things and ideas. Christians used it to represent the five wounds of Jesus, while Pythagoreans considered it a sign of mathematical perfection. Eventually, occultists adopted it as a magical symbol. To Wiccans, the five points of the pentagram symbolize the spirit and the four elements. On what two national flags does the pentagram appear? More...
This Day in History

Prohibition Era Begins in the US (1920)

By January of 1919, members of the US temperance movement had been campaigning against excessive drinking for a century. Their efforts resulted in the 18th Amendment, which, when it went into effect in 1920, prohibited the sale—but not the consumption—of liquor. Prohibition spawned what John D. Rockefeller called "a vast army of lawbreakers" who profited from the illegal sale of alcohol, and the failed ban was repealed in 1933. What was delivered to the White House immediately after the repeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Dian Fossey (1932)

Fossey was an occupational therapist when, on a trip to Africa in 1963, she met famed anthropologist Louis Leakey, who encouraged her to pursue her dream of studying gorillas. In 1966, she began living a solitary life in the mountains of central Africa, gradually gaining the acceptance of the gorillas she observed and building a vast body of knowledge about their habits, communication, and social structure. In 1985, she was found hacked to death in her Rwandan forest camp. Who murdered her? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Idiom of the Day

long memory

A clear memory of events that happened long ago. More...
Today's Holiday

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (2018)

This extravaganza of ice sculptures takes place from January 5 through February in the port city of Harbin, the second largest city of northeast China, located in Heilongjiang Province. The sculptures, using themes of ancient legends and stories and modern historic events, depict pavilions, temples, and mythic animals and persons. Located in Zhaolin Park, they shimmer in the sun by day, and at night are illuminated in a rainbow of colors. Theatrical events, art exhibitions, and a photo exhibition mark festival time, and wedding ceremonies are often scheduled in the ice-filled park. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stall

loge - A booth or stall; also a box in a theatre. More...

cage - Came to English from Latin cavea, "enclosure for animals; coop, hive, or stall"—or "dungeon." More...

install - Its earliest sense was "place in office by seating in a stall or official seat," from Old French estaler, "to place," from estal, "place." More...

pedestal - Comes from Old Italian piedestallo, a conflation of pie de stallo, "foot of a stall." More...

In the News

Mysterious series of fast radio bursts may have been twisted by extreme environment

Astronomers watching a fast radio burst flashing from more than 3 billion light-years away say that its source lies in an extreme environment with a powerful magnetic field — perhaps a supermassive black hole, or the remains of a supernova. The findings ... More...
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