Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

camarilla

Definition:(noun) A group of confidential, often scheming advisers.
Synonyms:cabal, faction, junto
Usage: The people thought the war was for a righteous cause, but in truth, it was the brainchild of a greedy camarilla that hoped to profit from it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Noun Phrases

Noun phrases are groups of two or more words within a sentence that function grammatically as nouns. Noun phrases consist of a noun and what else? More...
Article of the Day

The Human Botfly

Also known as the torsalo, the human botfly is the only botfly known to attack humans. Its lifecycle begins when a female torsalo captures a mosquito and deposits her eggs on its body. The mosquito then conveys the eggs to a human host, where they burrow beneath the host's skin and develop. After 8 weeks, the creatures drop out to pupate in the soil. While rare, wound infections can occur if the larvae are killed without being fully removed from the skin. The species is native to what region? More...
This Day in History

Bhumibol Adulyadej Becomes King of Thailand (1946)

A member of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, Bhumibol began his reign when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died in 1946 under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, he also became the longest-reigning ruler in the world in 2000. Although his power is largely ceremonial, he has enjoyed great popular support and serves as a focus of national unity. Who is Bhumibol's heir apparent? More...
Today's Birthday

Les Paul (1915)

Paul began playing country music at 14, later switched to jazz, and started his own trio in 1936. Considered one of the finest jazz guitarists, he was famous for his amazing versatility. Dissatisfied with the sound of available instruments, Paul invented a solid-body electric guitar in 1941 that was marketed by Gibson and became extremely important in the development of rock music. Several versions of his prized guitars are still manufactured. What else did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
These little grey cells. It is up to them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in his or her manner or behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Pentecost (2019)

As recorded in the New Testament in Acts 2, it was on the 50th day after Easter that the Apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them in the form of tongues of fire, and they received the "gift of tongues"—the ability to speak in other languages. The English call it White Sunday, or Whitsunday, after the white garments worn on Pentecost by the newly baptized. In Germany it is called Pfingsten, and pink and red peonies, called Pfingstrosen, or "Whitsun roses," are the symbols along with birch trees. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfume

silence - Lack of flavor in a distilled spirit or lack of scent in a flower, perfume, or spice is a "silence." More...

perfume, eau de toilette, cologne, eau de cologne - Perfume or parfum is 20–40% oil and the highest concentration; eau de toilette is 10–18% oil, and cologne or eau de cologne is 3–9% oil. More...

attar - A flower's essence, used for perfume. More...

toilet water, eau de toilette - Eau de toilette, or toilet water, is a dilute form of perfume. More...

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