Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

teem

Definition:(verb) To be full of things; abound or swarm.
Synonyms:pullulate, swarm
Usage: The street teemed with hundreds of policemen who questioned every potential witness.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose (sometimes called adverbs of reason) tell us why something happens or is the case. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. What parts of speech generally make up adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

The Alhambra

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex built during the Middle Ages by the Moorish monarchs of Granada. It is the finest example of the once flourishing Moorish civilization's architecture. Its halls and chambers surround a series of open courts, and the interior is adorned with magnificent examples of honeycomb and stalactite vaulting. Detailed geometric designs in marble, alabaster, and carved plaster also decorate the interior. What artist came to study the Alhambra's tiles in 1922? More...
This Day in History

Edward VIII Becomes King (1936)

Edward VIII became king of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, George V, in 1936. He enjoyed immense popularity until the announcement of his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American in the midst of divorcing her second husband. The government opposed the marriage, and the two sides clashed until Edward executed a deed of abdication, ending a 325-day reign as the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

George Burns (1896)

Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award and becoming well-known for his recurring film role as what figure? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

in front of (one's) very eyes

Right in plain sight or while one is watching. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agnes's Eve (2016)

The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scales

mechanical drawing - One made with scales, rulers, and compasses. More...

ctenoid - Means "resembling a thin-toothed comb"—like the scales of some fish. More...

level - Based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, "balance; scales." More...

scab - First pertained to any skin disease in which pustules or scales were formed, and is from Old Norse skabbr, "crust over a wound." More...

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