Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

immutable

Definition:(adjective) Not subject or susceptible to change.
Synonyms:changeless
Usage: Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Placement of Verbs in a Sentence

Finite verbs often directly follow the subjects whose actions they are describing. This location allows for a clear connection between the subject and the verb. Where do non-finite verbs generally appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Amish Woodworking

In Amish culture, furniture making is a skill passed down from generation to generation, and many families are known for their distinct detail work. Made primarily by the Amish of Ohio and Indiana, the all-wood furniture is recognized for its quality and workmanship. Amish woodworkers, who view their products as both functional objects and works of art, hand-pick each piece of wood to match the specific item being crafted. What alternative energy sources are sometimes used by the woodworkers? More...
This Day in History

The Great Storm of 1703: First Eddystone Lighthouse Is Destroyed (1703)

For five years, the Eddystone Lighthouse guided mariners safely past the treacherous Eddystone Rocks off the southwestern coast of the UK. Then, a catastrophic hurricane struck. The Great Storm claimed hundreds of ships, thousands of lives, and the Eddystone Lighthouse—along with its builder, Henry Winstanley, who was inside at the time. Fire destroyed the second lighthouse on the site, and erosion led to the dismantling of the third. How did operators mark the 100th anniversary of the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Bruce Lee (1940)

A cultural icon, Lee was one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee, whose father was a leading actor, appeared in Hong Kong films as a child and went on to star in action movies that sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. He constantly trained to improve his physique but was also a philosopher. He collapsed while working on his final film, the cult hit Enter the Dragon, and died a short time later. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

take ill

To be or become sick or unwell. More...
Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2018)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916; since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mirror

cheval glass - A tall mirror swung on an upright frame that takes its name from French cheval, "horse"—a synonym for "supporting framework," which describes this mirror. More...

catoptric - Means pertaining to a mirror, reflection, or reflector. More...

mirage - From French se mirer, "be reflected," from Latin mirare, "look at"—the same root used in mirror. More...

heliography - Using a mirror to send a signal. More...

In the News

Babies learn what words mean before they can use them

Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. ”I think it's especially intriguing that we find evidence that for infants, even their early ... More...
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