Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

abyssal

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the great depths of the oceans.
Synonyms:abysmal, unfathomable
Usage: The crew was put on full alert as the submarine reached the abyssal depths of the ocean.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs vs. Linking Verbs

Linking verbs and factitive verbs both tie a subject to another part of speech that provides more information about it. How do linking verbs differ from factitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Fire Balloons

During World War II, Japan attempted to attack the US mainland by floating hydrogen-filled balloons equipped with incendiary devices across the Pacific Ocean. In 1944 and 1945, the Japanese launched over 9,000 of the weapons, which were designed to kill, destroy property, and start fires. Although, at the request of the US government, fire balloon incidents were not reported by the press at the time, about 300 such bombs are known to have reached N America. Of these, how many caused casualties? More...
This Day in History

Russian Journalist and Human Rights Activist Murdered (2006)

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Russian government's role in the Chechen conflict and her criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, notably in her book Putin's Russia. Her controversial work sparked numerous death threats against her, and she was shot to death in an elevator in her apartment building on October 7, 2006. Her murder, which remains unsolved, coincided with what other occasion? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosalba Carriera (1675)

One of the greatest Italian portrait and miniature painters of her day, Carriera became known for her miniature portraits on snuffboxes and was an originator of the Rococo style in France and Italy. By the time she was 30, she had been elected to the Academy of St. Luke in Rome, the Academy of Bologna, and the Florence Academy. As her career progressed, she gained a reputation for her pastel portraits and was even commissioned to create one of King Louis XV. What tragedy befell her late in life? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have no right to distress any of God's creatures without a very good reason.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

shotgun house

(chiefly Southern United States slang) A one-story house in which each room is in a straight alignment with the others, connected by a continuous hallway running from the front to the back of the residence. More...
Today's Holiday

Paul Bunyan Show (2018)

Paul Bunyan is the mythical hero of lumberjacks in the United States. Since 1952, the Paul Bunyan Festival, sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association and Hocking College in Nelsonville, has focused on wood products and forestry conservation and is an opportunity for lumberjacks to test their skills. Teams of draft horses compete in a log-skidding contest—an operation that is performed today by heavy machines—and turn-of-the-century steam logging equipment is on display. The show gives visitors an opportunity to see both traditional and modern logging techniques in action. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: terrier

whippet - A cross between a greyhound and a terrier. More...

terrier - A dog that "takes the earth" or unearths its prey, from Latin terra, "earth." More...

Dobermann, pinscher - Dobermanns are named for German dog breeder Ludwig Dobermann; pinscher means "terrier" in German. More...

Jack Russell - A type of terrier—not recognized as a distinct breed— named for the Rev. John Russell (1795-1883) of Devonshire. More...

In the News

Aging robot arm gets spacewalk surgery

Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station early Thursday to carry out what amounts to hand transplant surgery on the lab's Canadian-built robot arm, removing a crippled grapple fixture on one end of the arm and replacing it with ... More...
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