Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

serviette

Definition:(noun) A small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing.
Synonyms:napkin
Usage: He sat down and tucked his serviette into his waistcoat, raised his glass, and suddenly set it down again.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modifiers in a Noun Phrase

Sometimes the words that modify a noun come before the noun in the phrase, and sometimes they come after. What does the position of modifiers in a noun phrase depend on? More...
Article of the Day

Passiflora Caerulea: Blue Passion Flower

Native to Brazil and Argentina, where it is valued for its intricate, scented blooms, the blue passion flower was long ago adopted by Christians as a symbol of the Passion of Jesus. The flower's three stigmas are said to represent the three nails used in Jesus' cross, its five anthers are thought to symbolize Jesus' wounds, and the corona is seen as the crown of thorns. Is the fruit of the plant edible? More...
This Day in History

The Teton Dam Failure (1976)

On June 3, 1976, engineers noticed two small leaks in the earthen Teton Dam, built on Idaho's Teton River. Two days later, the newly created reservoir was filled for the first time, holding a large amount of runoff. Water began seeping out, and the major leak that followed caused the dam—which had been constructed on permeable and fissured rock—to collapse. The reservoir drained in less than six hours, flooding nearby towns and farmland. How many deaths are attributed to the Teton Dam failure? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887)

Benedict was an American anthropologist whose theories have had a profound influence on cultural anthropology. Her landmark text Patterns of Culture was published in 1934, at a time when her field was dominated by men. In it, she promotes cultural relativism—the assessment of cultural practices within their own cultural context. From a young age, she was fascinated with death and was drawn to studying how other cultures treat death. Whose "cult of grief" did Benedict despise? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are as liable to be corrupted by our books as by our companions.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

be on a rampage

To be causing great destruction, disruption, or chaos; to be behaving very violently or aggressively. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Liberation Day (2018)

Less than a year after gaining independence, a coup overthrew the government in Seychelles. Two major political parties had developed, the Seychelles Democratic Party (SDP) and the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP). James Mancham, the leader of the SDP party, which won the majority vote, became president, and France Albert René became prime minister. René's supporters led the overthrow and ousted Mancham on June 5, 1977, an event commemorated as a public holiday on Liberation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lady

buck party, stag party - A buck party, like a stag party, is one without ladies. More...

chatelaine - The lady or mistress of a household. More...

lady - From Old English hlaf, "loaf," and a Germanic base meaning "knead," it first literally meant "one who kneads bread." More...

madam - French, literally, "my lady." More...

In the News

This futuristic pill senses signs of disease inside the body then sends a wireless alert to a phone

In the 1966 science fiction classic "Fantastic Voyage," a submarine crew is miniaturized so it can squeeze inside a human body and travel to a hot spot where medical assistance is needed. A team from MIT has adapted this idea for real life, replacing ... More...
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