Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

calumny

Definition:(noun) A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.
Synonyms:aspersion, defamation, denigration, slander
Usage: When it became clear that he could not win the election any other way, the candidate resorted to calumny and dirty tricks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Continuous Tense

Also called the past progressive, the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. Why is it called the past continuous? More...
Article of the Day

Liver-Eating Johnson

John "Liver-Eating" Johnson was a so-called "mountain man" of the 19th-century American West. After fighting in the Mexican-American War, the hunter and trapper traveled west to Wyoming, where he became a legend. According to some accounts, Johnson's Native American wife was killed by members of the Crow tribe in 1847. He spent the next 20 years exacting his revenge, earning his nickname by supposedly cutting out and eating the liver of each man he killed. Did he ever make peace with the Crow? More...
This Day in History

The First Underground Line of the New York City Subway Opens (1904)

Now an integral part of New York City culture, the NYC subway opened its first underground line in 1904—about 35 years after service began on the first elevated line. The subway's early popularity was highlighted in songs like "Take the 'A' Train" and publicity contests like "Miss Subways." Millions of people now ride the city's subways every day, consistently crowding some trains well beyond capacity. What 1888 natural disaster boosted support for the creation of an underground transit system? More...
Today's Birthday

Niccolò Paganini (1782)

An Italian violinist and composer whose virtuosity is the stuff of legend, Paganini was playing with an orchestra by the age of nine. By the time he reached adulthood, the renowned violinist had also earned a reputation as a shameless womanizer and inveterate gambler. The latter vice once even cost him his prized violin. Nevertheless, he had a profound influence on the evolution of violin technique. Why did the Catholic Church deny him burial in consecrated ground for years following his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
All the learnin' my father ever paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and the alphabet at th' other.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a people person

Someone who is particularly gregarious, affable, or outgoing; someone with great interpersonal communication skills. More...
Today's Holiday

Karwa Chauth (2018)

Observed by married women in Hindu families, the Karwa Chauth festival is a day-long fast in honor of the Hindu god Shiva and goddess Parvati, whom they hope will bring prosperity and long life to their husbands. It is also a time for mothers to bless their married daughters and present them with gifts. Virgins and widows are not allowed to participate in the celebrations, which begin at dawn when the women bathe and put on new clothes. The day is devoted to worshipping Shiva and Parvati, and the fast is broken at night when the moon rises. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: materials

taboret - An artist's multi-drawer cabinet table for tools and materials. More...

compendium - Latin for "that which is weighed together," it is a complete summary or abridgment or a concise collection of materials—not an all-encompassing or comprehensive work (plural is compendiums or compendia). More...

hygroscopic - Describing the ability or tendency of a material to take up moisture readily from the surrounding air or other moist materials. More...

molecular gastronomy - The study and application of chemistry, physics, and other scientific principles on cooking processes, preparation, and materials. More...

In the News

This Plant Grows Shimmering Blue Leaves to Help It Survive in the Dark

Imagine a place where the oceans were full of purple algae and plants on the forest floor glowed a gorgeous, iridescent blue. This is not the setting of a Dr. Seuss story or a science fiction novel. This place is Earth. It may be an article of faith ... More...
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