Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

pulsation

Definition:(noun) The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.
Synonyms:heartbeat
Usage: An icy hand seemed to grasp my heart and check its pulsation, as I bent over him, gazing with breathless intensity upon the ghastly, upturned face.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Possessive Reciprocal Pronouns

When we wish to make reciprocal pronouns possessive, we always treat them as singular. What ending is added to show possession? More...
Article of the Day

Monteverde

Monteverde is a small town in Costa Rica founded by American Quakers whose religious pacifism during the build-up to the Korean war led them to immigrate to this country without an army. One of Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations, the area of Monteverde, Spanish for "green mountain," boasts lush rain and cloud forests filled with some 250 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; 500 species of birds; and 3,000 species of plants. How much rainfall does Monteverde get annually? More...
This Day in History

Real Madrid Football Club Founded (1902)

One of the richest and most valuable sports franchises in the world, the Real Madrid Football Club is also one of the most successful, having won dozens of championships over the course of its storied history. In 1953, club president Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, a former player, embarked on the strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, not only from Spain—a trend that has continued to fuel the club's success and worldwide popularity. Who owns and operates Real Madrid? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Caldwell (1924)

Caldwell was a violin prodigy from an early age. In 1957, she founded what would become the Opera Company of Boston. Notorious for her ability to avert financial crises and meet last-minute deadlines while overseeing every detail of production, she made the company one of the most distinguished and innovative in the US. With the growing success of her company, she began to appear as a guest conductor of major orchestras. In 1976, Caldwell became the first woman to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
All the fair and noble impulses of humanity, the dreams of poets and the agonies of martyrs, are shackled and bound in the service of organized and predatory Greed!

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Idiom of the Day

make advances at (someone)

To approach someone in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Town Meeting Day (2018)

An official state holiday in Vermont, this is the day on which nearly every town elects its officers, approves budgets, and deals with other civic issues in a daylong public meeting of the voters. It more or less coincides with the anniversary of Vermont's admission to the Union on March 4, 1791. Vermonters pride themselves on their active participation in these meetings, which often include heated debates on issues of local importance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

In the News

Beech booming as climate changes, and that's bad for forests

Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. The scientists say the move toward beech-heavy forests is ... More...
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