Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

jamboree

Definition:(noun) A noisy celebration.
Synonyms:gala, blowout
Usage: Mary could not bear to miss the party and begged her mother for permission to attend the jamboree.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Nouns

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. What are adverbial nouns sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

Michel was a German woman who died in 1976 while undergoing exorcism treatments for demonic possession. She began suffering from seizures and depression when she was 16, the symptoms of which were not eased by conventional medical treatment. Convinced her condition was the result of demonic possession, Michel began a series of hour-long exorcism sessions that lasted nearly a year and ended with her death. Why were her parents and the priests who performed the exorcisms convicted of manslaughter? More...
This Day in History

Canada Adopts Maple Leaf Flag (1965)

By the 1960s, Canada had been an organized dominion for a century and an equal, autonomous partner of Britain for decades. Consequently, its British-derived flag had become the subject of intense controversy. Following the Great Flag Debate of 1964, Canada's Parliament considered several possible designs before choosing the red-and-white maple leaf flag. In what foreign conflict had the previous flag's design, which incorporated the Union Jack, caused trouble for Canadian peacekeeping forces? More...
Today's Birthday

Irena Sendler (1910)

Working with Polish resistance groups and a network of helpers, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during WWII by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, sometimes hidden in suitcases. After changing the children's names and arranging for their care, she buried records of their identities in jars, hoping to someday reunite them with their parents. Though she was arrested, tortured, and reportedly executed in 1943, she actually survived the war and lived to be 98. How did she survive the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be a loud mouth

To have a tendency or habit of speaking incessantly, indiscreetly, and/or in a noisy, boastful manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Maine Memorial Day (2018)

The American battleship Maine exploded while sitting at anchor in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. While the question of responsibility for the explosion was never really settled, many in the U.S. assumed that the Spanish were responsible for the ship's destruction. The Spanish-American War was declared in April, and "Remember the Maine!" is the slogan that has been associated with it ever since. February 15 was observed for many years by the U.S. Navy and by Spanish-American War veterans' associations in Havana and the U.S. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tray

salver - A tray or dish on which a drink, letter, calling card, etc. is offered. More...

tray - The drawer for storing a body at a mortuary. More...

trencher - A platter or tray for serving food. More...

plateau - Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food. More...

In the News

These Boots Keep Astronauts From Tripping Over Their Own Feet

Moon mission astronauts spent a lot of time on their butts. Those moon walks may have looked bouncy and peaceful, but cumbersome space suits had Apollo astronauts tripping and falling all over the place. And while it might seem silly—especially the ... More...
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