Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

exigent

Definition:(adjective) Requiring much effort or expense; demanding attention.
Synonyms:crying, insistent, clamant, instant
Usage: The professor regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

The First Opium War

Often seen as the beginning of European imperial hegemony over China, the First Opium War was fought between the British East India Company and the Qing Dynasty from 1839 to 1842. Widespread opium addiction had led to a Chinese ban on imports of the drug in 1729, and the British aimed to reverse this policy. Easily overpowered, China agreed to the Treaty of Nanjing, which fixed tariffs on British goods, opened several Chinese ports to British merchants, and ceded what island to Queen Victoria? More...
This Day in History

US Brigadier General James Dozier Kidnapped by Italian Terrorists (1981)

In 1981, US Brigadier General James Dozier was kidnapped from his apartment in Italy by men posing as plumbers. The kidnappers were members of the Red Brigades, an extreme left-wing terrorist organization that sought to undermine the Italian state and pave the way for Marxist upheaval. Dozier, who was serving as deputy chief of staff at NATO's Southern European land forces headquarters in Verona, was the first American general ever abducted by a terrorist group. How long was he held captive? More...
Today's Birthday

Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet (1706)

The wife of a French marquis, du Châtelet defied convention in both her personal and professional life. She was a mathematician and physicist and wrote a number of scientific treatises as well as a translation of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica. She had several extramarital affairs—the most enduring of which was with philosopher and writer Voltaire, who once described her as "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." How did she once think her way out of a gambling debt? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

temper tantrum

An extreme and childish display of unreasonable anger, frustration, or distemper. More...
Today's Holiday

Wright Brothers Day (2018)

It was on the morning of December 17, 1903 that Wilbur and Orville Wright became the first men to fly and control a powered heavier-than-air machine. Events on December 17 traditionally include a "flyover" by military aircraft and a special ceremony held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a 425-acre area that features a 60-foot granite pylon on top of Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers' camp was located. The flyover takes place at precisely 10:35 a.m., the time of the original flight in 1903. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vapor

atmosphere - Derives from Greek atmos, "vapor," and sphaira, "globe," and is literally "ball of vapor." More...

brume, brumous - Brume is a poetic term meaning "mist, fog, or vapor"; brumous means "foggy." More...

damp - The noun first meant "vapor, steam," or "smoke"—especially that which was harmful or noxious. More...

transpire - Had an early sense of "emit as vapor through the surface"—from trans-, "through," and spirare, "breathe." More...

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