Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

fetor

Definition:(noun) An offensive odor; a stench.
Synonyms:malodor, reek, stench, stink, mephitis
Usage: He waited in the basement, trying to ignore the moldy fetor that permeated the air.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Examples of Prepositions

Prepositions are used to express the relationship of a noun or pronoun (or another grammatical element functioning as a noun) to the rest of the sentence. The noun or pronoun that is connected by the preposition is known as the "object of the preposition." What are some common prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

The Carolingian Renaissance

Beginning in the late 8th century, the Carolingian Renaissance was a period of literary and artistic growth during which the study of architecture, jurisprudence, and scriptures blossomed. Peaking during the reigns of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious, the era also saw the development of Medieval Latin and Carolingian minuscule, which provided a common language, writing style, and method of communication for scholars throughout Europe. Why do some dispute the legitimacy of this "renaissance"? More...
This Day in History

The Armagh Rail Disaster (1889)

In 1889, a Sunday school train excursion in Armagh, Ireland, turned tragic when the train stalled while climbing a steep hill. The crew decoupled the cars, intending to climb the hill with the first few cars and then pull the remaining cars separately, but the back section had insufficient brakes and rolled down into an oncoming train. At least 78 people were killed in the crash, including many children. What had the crew put behind the wheels to prevent the train cars from rolling backwards? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee (1899)

A New York City-based photojournalist, Fellig distinguished himself with his stark and often grisly black-and-white images. His nickname, Weegee, a phonetic pronunciation of Ouija, was derived from his seemingly clairvoyant knowledge of where crimes and emergencies were taking place and his habit of frequently beating authorities to the scenes. In reality, there was nothing supernatural about this—he simply possessed a police radio and made good use of it. What did he keep in his car's trunk? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is all our Life, then but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

media darling

A very famous and popular person who receives exceptionally positive media coverage or attention. More...
Today's Holiday

Philippines Independence Day (2018)

Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964) declared the Philippines independent on June 12, 1898. But the U.S. acquired the islands in 1899, and it wasn't until July 4, 1946 that they were granted full independence. For many years, Filipinos set aside July 4 to celebrate their independence; in 1962 the date was changed to June 12. Independence Day ceremonies in Manila include a military parade and the pealing of church bells. After the ceremonies are over, Filipinos devote the remainder of the day to recreation. There are games and athletic competitions, fireworks displays, and Independence Day balls. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pursuit

dachshund - German for "badger hound," from its original breeding purpose to pursue a badger (etc.) that has taken refuge in a burrow. More...

invite - Comes from Latin invitare, from an Indo-European root meaning "to go after something, pursue with vigor, desire." More...

logology - The pursuit of word puzzles; also the science of words. More...

sue - From Latin sequi, "follow," it first meant "follow, go in pursuit of." More...

In the News

New Elements on the Periodic Table Are Named

Meet nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og), the newest elements on the periodic table to receive names. But don't get too attached to the nomenclature for these elements, formerly known by their respective atomic numbers ... More...
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