Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

haggard

Definition:(adjective) Showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering.
Synonyms:careworn, drawn, raddled, worn
Usage: His face was ghastly pale; his chin had a brown cut on it—a cut half healed; his expression was haggard and drawn, as by intense suffering.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Person

Grammatical person refers to the perspectives of the personal pronouns used to identify a person in speech and text (e.g. first, second, and third person). What is the generic "you," and when is it used? More...
Article of the Day

The Father of the Yellow School Bus

In 1939, American educator Frank Cyr organized the first national standards conference for school transportation. One of the most memorable accomplishments of the conference was the selection of a highly visible, standardized color for school buses that would allow them to be easily identified by other motorists. The hue became known as "National School Bus Chrome," and Cyr was hailed as the "Father of the Yellow School Bus." According to Cyr, what was the main priority of conference attendees? More...
This Day in History

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from the semaphore flag signals for what two letters? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeanne Calment (1875)

At the age of 100, Calment was still riding a bicycle around her native Arles, France. She lived on her own until she was 110 and smoked until she was 117. She saw the Eiffel Tower being built and remembered selling colored pencils to Vincent van Gogh as a girl in her family's shop. By the time she died in 1997 at the age of 122, Calment had lived the longest confirmed human life in history—and outlived her entire family. What foods have been cited as contributing to Calment's longevity? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) lucky day

A particular day or moment in one's life when one experiences extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. More...
Today's Holiday

Shaheed Day (2018)

Shaheed or Shahid Day is a national day of mourning in Bangladesh. Before becoming autonomous in 1971, Bangladesh had been East Pakistan ever since India gained independence from Britain in 1947. West Pakistan wanted to make its language, Urdu, the only official language of both Pakistans. Most of the people in East Pakistan spoke Bengali and opposed the restriction on their language in government and commerce. In 1952, students held protests which erupted in violence. Lives were lost, and, as a memorial, people form a procession from the Azimpur graveyard on February 21 each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: riding

davering - Riding or walking in a dazed condition. More...

dressage - The art of riding and training horses, from French dresser, "to train." More...

road - First meant "riding" or "hostile incursion on horseback"—a sense preserved in "inroads." More...

jounce - To move roughly or violently up and down, as when one is riding a horse. More...

In the News

Restaurant in Italy Rewards Family for Kids' Good Behavior

Food on the floor, screaming and crying... If you're a parent or have ever been at a restaurant with children present, you know that can be an unwelcome part of the experience. But some people have children who actually behave pretty well while dining ... More...
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