Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

appurtenance

Definition:(noun) Equipment, such as clothing, tools, or instruments, used for a specific purpose or task.
Synonyms:paraphernalia, gear
Usage: He had half expected that she would drive up to the side door in a hansom, would wear a thick veil, and adopt the other appurtenances of a clandestine meeting.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Countable Nouns

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means they can be counted with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. Are abstract nouns ever countable? More...
Article of the Day

Deadly Nightshade

Although deadly nightshade, a perennial herbaceous plant that has bell-shaped flowers and shiny black berries, is related to potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants, it is one of the most toxic plants found in the Western Hemisphere. It contains alkaloids that can cause tachycardia, hallucinations, blurred vision, and, in extreme cases, death. Also known as belladonna, meaning "beautiful lady" in Italian, the plant was once used cosmetically by women to enhance the appearance of what feature? More...
This Day in History

CN Tower Becomes World's Tallest Free-Standing Structure (1975)

In 1975, the final portion of the antenna atop Canada's CN Tower was set in place, completing the tower and officially making it the tallest free-standing structure on land. At 1,815 ft (553 m) in height, the CN Tower surpassed the previous record holder, Russia's Ostankino Tower, by 43 ft (13 m) but was itself surpassed in 2007 by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. According to a study, the CN Tower is struck by lightning more than any other structure in Toronto. How many times is it struck each year? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Andersen (1805)

Andersen was a Danish writer best known for his many collections of fairy tales, in which he broke with literary tradition and employed the idioms and constructions of spoken language. His stories are imaginative combinations of universal elements from folk legend and include such favorites as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." While some reveal an optimistic belief in the ultimate triumph of goodness and beauty, others are deeply pessimistic. What else did Andersen write? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wit is educated insolence.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

bump heads with

To clash with another person on a particular issue. More...
Today's Holiday

Georgiritt (2018)

St. George is honored each year at Traunstein in Bavaria, Germany, on Easter Monday to commemorate the legend of George's victory over the dragon that was threatening the pagan city of Sylene. Because St. George is usually depicted on horseback, the farmers of Traunstein decorate their own horses with garlands and ribbons and ride them across the fields and three times around the parish church. After the local priest blesses the horses and other animals, the procession turns toward the village. The festival ends with ritualistic sword dances that have been handed down from medieval times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lapis lazuli

azure stone - Another name for the lapis lazuli. More...

lapis lazuli - A sky-blue semiprecious stone, it is pronounced lap-us-LAY-zuh-lee. More...

sapphire - From Greek sappheiros, "lapis lazuli" or "blue stone." More...

ultramarine - First a blue pigment made from lapis lazuli, imported from Asia by sea, so, in Latin, it was ultramarinus, "beyond the seas." More...

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