Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

ether

Definition:(noun) The element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the moon and to compose the stars and planets.
Synonyms:quintessence
Usage: The stars, the ancients believed, both inhabited and were composed of the ether.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Clauses

Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate. There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses and dependent clauses. What is another name for a dependent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Pompeii

Pompeii was a Roman city near modern Naples, Italy, that was destroyed during the catastrophic 79 ACE volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. As a result of the eruption, the city was buried under many feet of ash for 1,600 years before it was accidentally rediscovered. Its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. During the first excavation in 1860, voids discovered in the ash-layer were found to be spaces left by what? More...
This Day in History

Californium First Synthesized (1950)

The sixth transuranium element to be synthesized, californium is an artificially produced, radioactive metallic chemical element. A member of the actinide series of elements, it has isotopes with half-lives ranging from about 40 seconds to 900 years. One isotope, californium-252, is used as a neutron source in nuclear reactors. More than 50 years after it was first produced by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, californium was used to create what superheavy element? More...
Today's Birthday

John Wayne Gacy (1942)

Gacy was an American serial killer who was convicted and later executed for murdering 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy buried dozens of his victims in a crawl space under the floor of his house and threw several others in a nearby river. Known as the "Killer Clown," he often performed as a clown at local parties and even had drinks at a local bar while in costume on a few occasions. Gacy took up painting while on death row. Which Baseball Hall of Famers signed one of his works? More...
Quotation of the Day
A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

blow (one's) stack

To become very angry, often quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day (2019)

The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was born about 390 in Roman Britain and died around 461. After being consecrated a bishop, he came to Ireland around 432 as a missionary. The Feast of St. Patrick is celebrated by Roman Catholics, the Anglican Communion, and Lutherans on March 17. The day is also popularly celebrated, particularly in the U.S., by "the wearing of the green." The St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, which dates back to 1762, is the largest in the United States and a major event for Irish Americans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mistress

doll - Evolved as a pet name for Dorothy, first meaning "mistress." More...

doxy - Can mean "mistress, sweetheart." More...

miss - A shortened form of mistress. More...

Mrs. - Originally, Mrs. was a shortened version of mistress, a word that used to mean "wife"; Mrs. cannot be written out. More...

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