Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

cat's-paw

Definition:(noun) A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
Synonyms:pawn, instrument
Usage: He was humiliated to learn that he had been made a cat's-paw in the businessman's unscrupulous dealings.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Adjectives

English has three interrogative adjectives: "what," "which," and "whose." They are called "interrogative" because they are usually used to ask questions. How can they be differentiated from interrogative pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Queen Tamar

Queen Tamar ruled the Kingdom of Georgia from 1184 to 1213, ascending to the throne after her father's death. Her outstanding success as a ruler during Georgia's "golden age" earned her the nickname "King of Kings and Queen of Queens." Tamar led the Georgian army in a number of military victories, and, in the early 13th century, Georgia annexed the Armenian capitals of Ani and Dvin. Tamar also suppressed a number of rebellions during her reign. Where is she buried? More...
This Day in History

The Valentich Disappearance (1978)

On October 21, 1978, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a Cessna light aircraft over Australia. He was supposed to land at King Island, pick up a few friends, and return to Moorabbin Airport, but during his flight, he reported to air traffic control that a strange aircraft was flying close above him. No trace of Valentich or his aircraft was ever found, prompting some to speculate that he had been captured by a UFO. What was the last thing he told flight controllers? More...
Today's Birthday

Ronald McNair (1950)

A nationally recognized US physicist, accomplished saxophonist, and black belt in karate, McNair was selected to join NASA's astronaut training program in 1978. Six years later, aboard the space shuttle Challenger, he became the second African American in space. His next trip into orbit was to take place on the same shuttle on January 28, 1986, and McNair brought his sax along for the ride, intending to be the first to record an original piece of music in space. Why did this never happen? More...
Quotation of the Day
The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

a spring in (one's) step

A happy, energetic, and excited mood or manner, as indicated by the carefree way one walks. More...
Today's Holiday

Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Valme (2018)

The Romeriá (pilgrimage) of Our Lady of Valme involves a cross-country pilgrimage. The image of Our Lady of Valme is kept in the parish church of Dos Hermanas, but on this day she is carried in an elaborate procession to the shrine of Valme, on a hill overlooking Seville, Spain. The cart bearing the statue of the Virgin Mary is drawn by oxen with gilded horns. The pilgrims walk behind, and it takes about three hours to reach the sanctuary. Everyone rushes inside, and the mass begins. Afterwards, there is dancing, singing and drinking until sunset, when the image is escorted back to Dos Hermanas. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shorter

store - A shortened version of the obsolete astor, "stock of provisions, supplies." More...

alligator - From Spanish el lagarto, "the lizard," which may have come from Latin lacerta; the alligator has a shorter, blunter snout than a crocodile. More...

telescopic umbrella - An umbrella that can become shorter. More...

dog watch - A two-hour watch on board a ship, it is based on dog sleep, the light or fitful sleep typical of dogs (a catnap being even shorter). More...

In the News

Couple Cancels Wedding Last Minute, Invites Homeless

After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be's family decided to turn the $35,000 extravagant event into a feast for the homeless. The bride's mother ... More...
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