Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

dander

Definition:(noun) Temper or anger.
Synonyms:hackles
Usage: He 'pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Expressing Inequality Using "As … As"

One way of expressing similarities, differences, or changes with comparative adverbs is by using the structure "as … as." We can use that construction to say that two actions are unequal, as long as we add an auxiliary verb and what word to the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Reichstag Fire

The 1933 fire at the German Parliament building known the Reichstag was a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany. Allegedly set by a Dutch communist, the fire was used by Adolf Hitler to turn public opinion against his opponents, especially the communists. Immediately after the fire, he enacted a decree suspending constitutional protection of personal rights, effectively establishing the Nazi Party dictatorship. Why do some believe the fire was set by the Nazis themselves? More...
This Day in History

British Airship Crashes near Beauvais (1930)

In 1920s Britain, airships were envisioned as a way to make the most remote parts of the British Empire accessible. Two starkly different teams of engineers were employed to create two crafts for passenger travel, one conservative and one more experimental. However, British use of airships effectively ended when the ambitious R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people—12 more than the infamous Hindenburg disaster. What was R101's destination? More...
Today's Birthday

Chevalier d'Éon (1728)

The inspiration for the now-obsolete term "eonism," describing the adoption of female dress and behavior by a male, the Chevalier d'Éon was a French noble, soldier, and spy who lived first as a male and then as a female. His cross-dressing appears to have begun as part of his covert activities, but by the 1770s, rumors reached France that the Chevalier was actually a woman masquerading as a man, and he was ordered to live as a woman thereafter. When was it proven that he was anatomically male? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not right to glory in the slain.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

shifty-looking

Having or of an untrustworthy, dubious, or deceptive appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Locomotive Chase Festival (2018)

This three-day celebration in Adairsville, Georgia, commemorates the storied Civil War locomotive chase that came on April 12, 1862, after the Yankee spy, James J. Andrews, stole the Confederate engine named "The General." William A. Fuller, the conductor, set off in a handcar; in Adairsville, he boarded the locomotive "Texas" and barreled after "The General." Events of the festival include showings of the locomotive-chase movies, a grand parade, fireworks, and gospel singing. There are also such contests as three-legged races, a bean-bag toss, and a tug of war. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tomb

epitaph - From Greek epi, "upon, over," and taphos, "tomb" or "funeral." More...

lair - First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps." More...

pall, pallbearer - Pallbearer is based on pall, which was first a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb. More...

cromlech - Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb." More...

In the News

Huge Siberian Eruptions Caused Mass Extinction and Left Signature in Rocks 3500 Miles Away

About 252 million years ago, the world came very close to ending when the vast majority of species on the planet winked out of existence in an event known euphemistically as "The Great Dying." Somehow, very violently, the period known to scientists as ... More...
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