Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 18, 2018)
Word of the Day

pagination

Definition:(noun) The system of numbering pages.
Synonyms:folio, paging
Usage: The editions of Holy Writ are so numerous that he could hardly suppose that two copies would have the same pagination.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dangling Modifiers

When we use participles as adjectives, it's important that the noun modified is clearly stated and that the participle appears as close to it as possible. Otherwise, we run the risk of having a "dangling modifier," which is what? More...
Article of the Day

Highwaymen

Highwaymen—robbers who traveled on horseback—operated in Great Britain and Ireland until the early 19th century. Considered socially superior to those who robbed on foot, highwaymen were colloquially known as "knights" or "gentlemen" of the road, and some were viewed as Robin Hood-like heroes who robbed from the rich and helped the poor. Nevertheless, most notorious highwaymen ended up on the gallows. Highwaymen often feature prominently in works of fiction, including in what Shakespearean play? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Kills 85, Injures Hundreds at Argentinean Jewish Community Center (1994)

At 200,000, Argentina's Jewish community is the largest in Latin America. Sadly, during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, it became a target. In 1992, the Israeli Embassy was bombed. Two years later, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building was bombed, killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Argentine prosecutors have since accused the government of Iran and the Hezbollah militia of carrying out the 1994 attack, but no one has been convicted. Why was Judge Juan José Galeano removed from the case? More...
Today's Birthday

"The Unsinkable" Molly Brown (1867)

Though remembered as a socialite, Brown was actually a working class girl who married a miner. She only became wealthy upon the success of her husband's engineering developments in the mining industry. In the sinking of the Titanic, Brown was lauded for helping to command a lifeboat and search for survivors. For her heroic efforts, she became known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." However, she had never been called "Molly" during her lifetime. What did her friends call her? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

odds and sods

An assortment of small, miscellaneous items, especially those that are not especially important or valuable. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Golden Days (2018)

Golden Days is a celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska, of the discovery of gold here on July 22, 1902, and the Gold Rush days that followed. This is the largest summertime event in Alaska. The week of activities includes "Fairbanks in Bloom," billed as the farthest-north flower show, a rubber ducky race, beard and hairy-leg contests, drag races, a golf tournament, concerts, and a grand parade. There's also a Felix Pedro look-alike contest. Felix Pedrone (remembered as Felix Pedro) was the Italian immigrant who first found gold on a creek near what is now Fairbanks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sunset

occultation - One of its meanings is "the disappearance from view of a star or planet in the sun's rays after sunset or before sunrise, when the star or planet is above the horizon." More...

acronical - Means happening at sunset or twilight. More...

antitwilight - The sky's pink or purple glow after sunset. More...

evening - Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark. More...

In the News

NASA just found rare, extraterrestrial meteorite fragments in the ocean

A meteorite that crashed near the American Pacific coast on March 7, 2018 has been causing quite a stir for the past few days. NASA researcher Marc Fries is currently on a research expedition — he's looking for remains of the meteorite, which landed on the seabed ... More...
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