Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

rapier

Definition:(noun) A straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges.
Synonyms:tuck
Usage: Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense (also known as the future progressive) is used to describe an unfinished action occurring in the future. How is the future continuous tense formed? More...
Article of the Day

The Vienna Dioscurides

The Vienna Dioscurides is an early 6th-century copy of De Materia Medica, a manuscript first created by the ancient Greek physician and pharmacologist Dioscurides. A precursor to all modern pharmacopeias, it remained in practical use until about 1600. The Vienna Dioscurides contains more than 400 pictures of animals and plants and is the earliest known manuscript to use a solid gold background. It is also the oldest surviving illustrated treatise on what type of animal? More...
This Day in History

The Great Blue Norther (1911)

The central US is no stranger to sudden changes in weather, but the temperature fluctuations and weather phenomena that struck on November 11, 1911, were about as unusual as it gets. On that day, many cities experienced record high temperatures before the mercury plummeted to record lows. Springfield, Missouri, for example, was a balmy 80°F (27°C) before the cold front passing through the region brought it down to a frigid 13°F (-11°C). What else did the front bring with it? More...
Today's Birthday

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914)

Bates was a key figure in the integration of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. The publisher of a newspaper, Bates began publicizing civil rights issues in the early 1940s. In 1957, when the Little Rock School Board chose nine black students to integrate the local high school, Bates organized the group's activities amid mob violence so intense that the students could only enter the school under military guard. On what national holiday is Daisy Gatson Bates Day observed in Arkansas? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

squashed (in) like sardines

Very tightly or snugly packed together, especially in a small space. More...
Today's Holiday

Independence of Cartagena City Day (2018)

On November 11, 1811, Cartagena, Colombia, declared its independence from Spain. The holiday is officially celebrated in Colombia on November 11; however, festivals and street fairs traditionally take place for days around the actual holiday. There are many parades, including the large and colorful parade through the city of Cartagena, which ends at Plaza Trinidad, where the independence of the city was declared. The culmination of the festivities is the National Beauty Contest, when Miss Colombia is chosen from winners of local beauty pageants around the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mashed potatoes

champit tatties - Scottish for mashed potatoes. More...

mashed potato, creamed potato, whipped potato - Creamed potato and whipped potato are synonyms for mashed potato. More...

mashed potatoes - Used to be called Dutch potatoes or German potatoes. More...

potato bread - A type of bread made with mashed potatoes. More...

In the News

TheTragic Reason Seabirds Keep Mistaking Ocean Plastic for Food

Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences ... More...
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