Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

amulet

Definition:(noun) An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
Synonyms:talisman
Usage: It was sorcery, magic of the worst kind, thought Buldeo, and he wondered whether the amulet round his neck would protect him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Active Voice

The active voice is a type of grammatical voice in which the subject is also the agent of the verb—i.e., it performs the action expressed by the verb. In active-voice sentences, where is the agent always positioned? More...
Article of the Day

Reading Terminal

The Reading Terminal complex is located in the Market East section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1893, the complex houses a massive trainshed as well as a flourishing market that continues to do business today. At the time of its construction, the terminal's single-span arched-roof trainshed was one of the largest in the world. Now the world's oldest structure of its kind, the trainshed has been declared a National Historic Landmark. What is now housed in the trainshed? More...
This Day in History

The "Beeching Axe" Decimates British Railways (1963)

In an effort to reduce the cost of running the nationalized railway system of the UK, the British government commissioned a report to find ways to save money. Authored by Dr. Richard Beeching, the report concluded that many of the railway's lines were costing more to operate than they earned and called for the elimination of unprofitable routes and closure of a large percentage of railway stations. More than 2,000 stations were closed as a result of the "Beeching Axe." What became of Beeching? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Jackson (1942)

Not to be confused with the American musician of the same name, English journalist Michael Jackson was arguably the most influential beer and whiskey critic in modern history. He came to prominence after the publication of his influential 1977 book The World Guide to Beer and went on to host a TV show that featured him traveling around the globe sampling various brews. He played an enormous role in the popularization of brewing culture and was especially fond of beers from what country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

a woman of her word

A woman who can be expected to keep or follow through with her promises or intentions; a truthful, trustworthy, or reliable person. (Masculine: "man of his word.") More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Armed Forces Day (2018)

Throughout most of the 1800s, the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, was ruled by the British. Aung San, an outspoken student leader, helped the Japanese oust the British, and the Japanese ruled Burma from 1942 until 1945. On March 27, 1945, he helped the World War II Allied forces remove the Japanese from power. Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on March 27 to commemorate the day that Aung San rebelled against the Japanese. The day is celebrated with a military parade and fireworks. Since 1989, the Tatmadaw has made it a tradition to pardon several prisoners on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silk

floss - A word for untwisted filaments of silk used in making embroidery or satin. More...

lame - A material consisting of silk or other yarns interwoven with metallic threads. More...

scroop - The rustle of silk. More...

tabby - The common tabby cat derives its name from silk with a wavy pattern, from Arabic utabi, the name of the quarter in Baghdad where the silk was made. More...

In the News

This Parrot Has an 'Infectious Laugh,' Scientists Say

For the first time in birds, researchers say they have found evidence that a New Zealand parrot has the avian equivalent of an infectious laugh. They call it "positive emotional contagion" — which they define as "outwardly emotional actions that ... More...
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