Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

outwit

Definition:(verb) To get the better of by cunning or ingenuity.
Synonyms:outsmart, overreach, circumvent, outfox, beat
Usage: She managed to outwit the police and escape to the safe house with the loot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional Phrases Used Adverbially

Prepositional phrases are often used adverbially, though they can also function as adjectives. If the phrase is modifying an adjective, verb, or adverb, it is an adverbial phrase. If the phrase is modifying a noun or a pronoun, what is it called? More...
Article of the Day

Zebroids: Zorses, Zonies, and Zedonks

Bred since the 19th century, zebroids are zebra hybrids—crosses between zebras and any other equid, or horse-like animal. Zebroids physically resemble their non-zebra parent but are striped like a zebra, though typically only on a portion of their body. Hybrids are generally named using a combination of the parent animals' names. Thus, a zebra hybrid may be known as a zorse, zebrule, zony, zetland, zebrass, zeedonk, zonkey, zebronkey, zebadonk, zebret, or zebrinny, among others. What is a hebra? More...
This Day in History

Sacred, Centuries-Old Emerald Buddha Gets New Home (1784)

Although legend dates the creation of the Emerald Buddha to a more ancient time, it was likely carved in the 15th century. The revered green figurine has enjoyed an eventful history ever since. After centuries of being variously lost, transported, and rediscovered, the small statue was moved with great ceremony by King Rama I to its current home in the most sacred temple in Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaew. Its three sets of gold clothing are periodically changed according to what schedule? More...
Today's Birthday

Adam Sedgwick (1785)

One of the founders of modern geology, Sedgwick coined the term Cambrian to describe the earliest geologic period of the Paleozoic era, and, in his most important work, he and geologist R. I. Murchison named the Devonian Period—after the rock formations they studied at Devonshire. Sedgwick was outspoken in asserting the consistency between his scientific findings and his religious beliefs. How, then, did he respond when his former student Charles Darwin published Origin of Species? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is just at the very age when a man's character is forming that he tumbles into love, and then the lass he loves has the making or marring of him. Unconsciously he molds himself to what she would have him, good or bad.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

miss the cut

In golf, to fail to match or better the score necessary to remain in the final two rounds of a four-round tournament, thus resulting in elimination. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2018)

In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spinach

a la Florentine - Means with spinach. More...

leaf vegetables - Include cabbage and Romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, endive, and cress. More...

rainbow rotelle - A combination of tomato, spinach, and regular twirl-shaped pasta in the colors of the Italian flag. More...

spinach - May come from Persian aspanakh/ispanak, perhaps related to the Latin spina, "spine," because of its prickly seeds. More...

In the News

Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld. They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at ... More...
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