Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

jubilate

Definition:(verb) To express great joy.
Synonyms:exuberate, exult, rejoice, triumph
Usage: Today is a day to jubilate in the knowledge that we are truly free.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Express Future Wishes

The modal verb "may" is used in more formal language to express a wish or desire that something will be the case in the future. When "may" is used in this way, what happens to the subject in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Velvet Worm

Often called the "missing link" between annelids—such as earthworms and leeches—and arthropods—such as crustaceans, insects, and centipedes—velvet worms are found in wet, warm to temperate habitats on several continents. They are named for the feel of their skin, which is covered in fine hairs. Velvet worms are predators that can immobilize animals several times their own size with an adhesive substance ejected from glands in their heads. In what unusual way do velvet worms breathe? More...
This Day in History

Panama Gains Independence from Spain (1821)

Situated on the thin isthmus that connects North and South America but divides the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama has long been a vital crossroad for trade and travel. Under Spanish control for more than 300 years, Panama finally broke with Spain to join a newly independent Colombia as the Spanish empire faltered. Today, in addition to celebrating that Independence Day, the country observes another. When did Panama separate from Colombia, gaining a second independence—and another holiday? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon (1661)

Not long after Hyde allegedly attended his wife's funeral dressed in women's clothes, the queen of England—whom Hyde had also reportedly dressed as during an official event—dismissed him from his post as governor of New York and New Jersey. The decision was purportedly prompted by mounting complaints from the colonists he governed, including myriad charges of corruption. He was later imprisoned for debt. What is known about the portrait that supposedly depicts him wearing a gown? More...
Quotation of the Day
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

kick the tires

To inspect or test something or someone to ensure that he, she, or it meets the required or expected standard of quality. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha (2017)

The Ascension of Abdul'l-Baha is a holy day in the Baha'i religion that commemorates the death of Abbas Effendi in 1921 in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel). The eldest son of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith, he was named the leader of the Baha'i community in his father's will. In turn, Abdu'l-Baha appointed his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi (1896-1957) as his successor. Today the affairs of the worldwide Baha'i community are administered by the Universal House of Justice, a body that meets in Haifa and is elected every five years. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: instruction

catechism, catechumen - Catechism comes from Latin catechismus, "instruction by word of mouth," and is literally a series of questions and answers; a catechumen is a young Christian preparing for confirmation. More...

disciple, discipline - Disciple comes from a Latin word meaning "learner" and discipline comes from one meaning "instruction, knowledge." More...

document - First meant "instruction" or "evidence," whether written or not. More...

lore - Originally meant "the act of teaching" or a "piece of instruction, lesson." More...

In the News

Watch these bizarre flies dive underwater using bubbles like scuba suits

Mark Twain, when he traveled to California's Mono Lake almost 150 years ago, became enchanted by aquatic flies. Mono Lake is peculiar — it's three times saltier than the ocean and nearly as basic as ammonia. A thick black necklace of flies encircles ... More...
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