Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

pinafore

Definition:(noun) A sleeveless garment similar to an apron, worn especially by small girls as a dress or an overdress.
Synonyms:jumper, pinny
Usage: Dolly came into the yard sobbing and crying, with her little blue frock and white pinafore spattered all over with mud.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Slash

The slash ( / ) serves a number of purposes in writing, essentially standing in for other words as a quick and clear way of showing the connection between two things. What is a slash technically known as? More...
Article of the Day

Shahnameh

The Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, is an enormous poetic opus compiled by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 CE. Considered the first great work of modern Persian literature, the Shahnameh recounts the mythical and historical past of Iran, from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest in the 7th century. With 62 stories, 990 chapters, and 60,000 rhyming couplets, the Shahnameh is much longer than what well known ancient epic? More...
This Day in History

Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home. Four years after the kidnapping, a riotous trial resulted in the conviction and execution of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910)

Hodgkin developed a passion for chemistry at an early age and went on to become a leader in the field of X-ray crystallography. In 1948, she and her colleagues made the first X-ray photograph of vitamin B12—one of the most complex nonprotein compounds—and eventually determined its atomic arrangement. Her work in determining its structure, as well as that of other biochemical compounds, won her a 1964 Nobel Prize. In 1969, Hodgkin completed a similar three-dimensional analysis of what hormone? More...
Quotation of the Day
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

(the) next thing (one) knows

All of a sudden; out of nowhere; without warning. More...
Today's Holiday

Tulip Time (2018)

When a group of high school students in Pella, Iowa, staged an operetta called Tulip Time 1935, the only tulips growing in the town were in pots. But the musical performance gave the local chamber of commerce an idea for promoting the town's Dutch heritage. They planted thousands of bulbs and got the local historical society to start preserving the town's Dutch buildings and heirlooms. During the festival, townspeople dress in Dutch provincial costumes and engage in such activities as street scrubbing, authentic Dutch dancing and folk music, and tours of the formal tulip gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: temporary

booth - First a temporary dwelling made of branches, material, etc. More...

learning cottage - A residential trailer used as a temporary or portable classroom. More...

lodge - First was a temporary dwelling, as a hut or tent. More...

jerry-built - Is either from English dialect jerry, "bad, defective," a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry, or from nautical slang jury, "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects. More...

In the News

Baby Louie, an Infant Dinosaur with a Checkered Past, Finally Gets a Proper Name

In 1996, National Geographic made Baby Louie into a 66-million-year-old child star. The magazine's May cover featured a model dinosaur embryo tucked within a replica egg — which, at 18 inches long, looked less like a supermarket egg than a squashed ... More...
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