Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

beebread

Definition:(noun) A brownish substance consisting of a mixture of pollen and honey and used by bees as food.
Synonyms:ambrosia
Usage: The worker bees prepared the beebread, which was then fed to the larvae.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs that Indicate a Degree of Certainty

There are several types of evaluative adverbs, which can be classified according to their function. We can use evaluative adverbs to state how certain we are about something. "Obviously" is an evaluative adverb that we can use in this way. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

Terror Behind the Walls

Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, which operated from 1829-1970, is considered the world's first penitentiary. Its revolutionary incarceration system used solitary confinement to rehabilitate inmates, but it is believed that this led to significant mental illness rather than the intended spiritual reflection. The prison now operates as a museum and hosts over 74,000 visitors at its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. How did bank robber Willie Sutton escape the prison in 1945? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837)

Tokugawa was the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. The Tokugawa family held the shogunate and controlled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Beginning at the time of Yoshinobu's birth, there were numerous peasant uprisings and samurai unrest. Undermined by increasing foreign incursions, the Tokugawa were overthrown by an attack of provincial forces from Choshu, Satsuma, and Tosa, who restored the Meiji emperor to power. Yoshinobu resigned in 1867. How did he spend his retirement? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Jude's Day (2015)

Because St. Jude is believed to have been martyred with St. Simon in Persia, where they had gone to preach Christianity, their feast is celebrated jointly on October 28, thought to be the date on which their relics were moved to old St. Peter's basilica. Since St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the saint's day is observed particularly by students. St. Jude and St. Joseph traditionally are the most important saints to Roman Catholics in Buffalo, New York, where people buy St. Jude medals to help them win over impossible odds or achieve the unachievable. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: readiness

impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready." More...

procinct - A state of readiness or preparation. More...

stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669. More...

gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness." More...

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