Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

recidivist

Definition:(noun) Someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior, especially for the same criminal behavior.
Synonyms:habitual criminal, repeater
Usage: After his third arrest for petty theft, it became clear to the local police that they had a recidivist on their hands.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modifiers

Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. Modifiers can either be adjectives or what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Nauvoo Temple

After Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, and his Mormon followers were forced to flee Missouri in 1839, they established a new community in Nauvoo, Illinois. They soon set to building a grandiose temple, but construction was only half complete when Smith was assassinated in 1844. Two years later, the Mormons were driven from that city as well. They tried to sell their temple for $200,000, but it ultimately sold for what greatly reduced price? More...
This Day in History

The Hither Green Rail Crash (1967)

The Sunday evening express train from Hastings to London was traveling 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) when it struck a stressed and fractured rail not far from London's Hither Green depot. Several other trains may have successfully passed over the broken rail earlier, but the packed Hastings to London train derailed and partially overturned, killing 49 people in one of the worst rail disasters in British history. What pop singer survived the accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahmud Ghazan (1271)

One of the most prominent Mongol leaders of Persia, Ghazan was raised Buddhist but converted to Islam in 1295 before inheriting his father's throne. Well educated and fluent in several languages, he tasked his vizier with composing a history of the Mongols. In Syria, he successfully fought his family's enemy, the Mamluks, but they reoccupied the area upon his departure. What European nation became so fascinated with Mongol culture in the 13th century that many children were named for Ghazan? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

go Galt

To reduce, restrict, or cease one's work or productivity as a means of social protest against increased marginal tax rates, limits on tax deductions, or the use of tax income for purposes one finds morally objectionable. Taken from the name John Galt, a character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Guy Fawkes Day (2017)

On the night of November 4, 1605, 36 barrels of gunpowder were discovered beneath the Houses of Parliament in London. The conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot planned to blow up King James I to avenge laws against Roman Catholics. While Guy Fawkes didn't originate the plan, he was caught red-handed after someone tipped off the king's ministers. The following year, Parliament established November 5 as a national day of thanksgiving. Effigies of Guy Fawkes are still burned in bonfires that night, and fireworks fill the skies over Britain in remembrance of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: herd

cutting horse - One trained to cut cattle out of a herd. More...

pointer, point man - A pointer or point man was first a cowboy riding at the front of a herd of cattle. More...

egregious - First meant "remarkably good" and "standing out or apart from the flock or herd; eminent"; its later derogatory sense is probably an ironical use. More...

herd - As a verb, it first meant "keep safe, shelter." More...

In the News

T. Rex Could Open Jaw a Full 90 Degrees to Take Bite Out of Prey, Researchers Say

Some carnivorous dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus rex, could open their jaws as wide as 90 degrees, say researchers from the University of Bristol who examined feeding styles and dietary preferences of dinosaurs. Digital models and computer analyses ... More...
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