Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

midden

Definition:(noun) A dunghill or refuse heap.
Synonyms:muckheap, muckhill, dunghill
Usage: His opponent, as proud as the rooster who is left unchallenged upon the midden, crowed away in a last long burst of quotation and deduction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Perfective vs. Imperfective Aspect

Aspect is a grammatical term that has to do with how an action, state of being, or event unfolds in relation to time. The greatest distinction is made between the perfective aspect, which focuses on actions and events as whole elements, and the imperfective aspect, which does what? More...
Article of the Day

Sexual Dimorphism

The term sexual dimorphism describes the physical differences between males and females of the same species that arise as a consequence of sexual maturation. These differences can manifest as variations in size and color, and the presence or absence of body parts used in courtship displays or fights. In some cases, the sexual dimorphism is so striking that males and females of the same species are mistaken as members of entirely different species. What is one example of this? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Chalons (451 CE)

Perhaps one of the most important battles of late antiquity, the Battle of Chalons is known only from written records and its exact location remains a mystery, though it probably took place in northeastern France. In this battle, the Romans and Visigoths stopped the advance of the Huns under Attila and, some say, preserved Western civilization. The battle was brutal, and legend holds that the ghosts of the dead continued to fight for days. By some accounts, the battle was fought over what woman? More...
Today's Birthday

Errol Flynn (1909)

As a young man, the Australian-born Flynn led an adventurous life, pursuing various careers in the Pacific before taking up acting in England. He soon became a Hollywood star, playing swashbuckling heroes in such films as Captain Blood and Robin Hood. Scandals involving drinking and womanizing marred his reputation, and his career faltered until a lauded return in The Sun Also Rises in 1957. Numerous legends surround the circumstances of his death. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in no way

Not at all; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

West Virginia Day (2017)

West Virginia Day is a state holiday in West Virginia to celebrate its joining the Union in 1863 as the 35th state. The creation of the state was a result of the Civil War. The settlers of western Virginia defied the state's vote to secede from the Union, and on June 20 West Virginia formally entered the Union as an anti-slave state. The day is marked with ceremonies at the state capitol in Charleston and at the West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. It was there that the conventions were held to declare West Virginia's independence from Virginia. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: presence

hoodoo - A person who practices voodoo; the word also describes a person or thing whose presence is supposed to bring bad luck. More...

al fresco - Implies the presence of some nearby structure (one does not hike al fresco). More...

pyrosis - Heartburn is actually pyrosis, caused by the presence of gastric secretions, called reflux, in the lower esophagus. More...

evince - To indicate, to reveal the presence of a quality or feeling. More...

In the News

Small Asteroid Discovered Orbiting Earth

A small asteroid has been found circling Earth as the two objects orbit the sun together. Scientists say it looks like the asteroid -- called 2016 HO3 -- has been out there for about 50 years and isn't going away anytime soon. "Our calculations indicate ... More...
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