Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

smattering

Definition:(noun) A small, scattered amount or number.
Synonyms:handful
Usage: Her skin had a healthy glow, and her nose was dotted with a smattering of freckles.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Where are adverbs of time most often placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Thales

Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, was a pre-Socratic philosopher and scientist. He is traditionally considered the first Western philosopher and a founder of geometry and abstract astronomy. As a philosophical materialist, Thales theorized that water was the first principle of all things. He speculated that the Earth floated on water, and so proposed an explanation for earthquakes. A capable astronomer, Thales is said to have predicted what celestial phenomenon in 585 BCE? More...
This Day in History

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)

The first American attack on Japanese soil during WWII, the Battle of Iwo Jima lasted more than a month and claimed tens of thousands of Japanese and American lives. Just days into the campaign, photographer Joe Rosenthal witnessed a group of American soldiers struggling to raise their flag on Iwo Jima's highest point and took what would become the most reproduced photograph in history. It was the second flag-raising that day. How many of the six men shown in the photograph survived the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Pepys (1633)

One of the most celebrated diarists of all time, Pepys was born into a humble family but steadily improved his standing and eventually became an important public servant and royal confidant. His diary, which he kept throughout the 1660s, describes some of the most important events of his time, including the Great Fire of London and an outbreak of the plague. It also offers a vivid, intimate record of the author's life. On New Year's Eve 1661, Pepys made what resolution that he broke soon after? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia (2018)

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, or boundary stone marking the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: moment

extemporaneous, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost. More...

moment, momentum - Latin momentum, from movere, "move," and -mentum, is the source of moment and momentum, which first meant "moving power." More...

moment of truth - A translation of a Spanish expression referring to the time of the final sword thrust in a bullfight. More...

momentarily, presently - Momentarily means "in a moment"; presently means "soon" or "shortly." More...

In the News

Gelatinous Sea Snails "Fly" through Water like a Butterfly, Say Scientists

New research suggests that sea butterflies swim through Arctic waters much like flying insects traverse the air – by flapping their wings. A new study led by David Murphy, a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University, examined the fluid mechanics... More...
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