Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

menage

Definition:(noun) A domestic establishment.
Synonyms:household
Usage: What sort of a menage is it which pays double the market price for a governess but does not keep a horse, although six miles from the station.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Pronouns and Relative Clauses

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause to the main clause in a sentence. What two purposes do relative clauses serve in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Bodie, California: A Preserved Ghost Town

Once boasting a population of nearly 10,000 during a mining boom in the late 1800s, Bodie, California, is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. Visitors can walk the deserted streets to see the remnants of a town whose mines produced more than $34 million worth of gold. That success brought to Bodie the amenities of larger towns, including a railroad, banks, a brass band, and a jail. What type of business had 65 different locations along Bodie's main street at the peak of the city's popularity? More...
This Day in History

Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)

Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz's wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908)

Raised in California, Fisher moved to Dijon, France, after her first marriage. There, she was inspired by the gastronomist Brillat-Savarin, and her 1949 translation of his Physiology of Taste is considered a classic. She created a new literary genre with her culinary writing, producing witty essays evoking the pleasures of life and food in a graceful style. Her books include How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me. Where did Fisher spend her last 20 years? More...
Quotation of the Day
As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church-steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

boil (something) down to (something)

To reduce or simplify (something) to the most basic, essential, or fundamental element(s). More...
Today's Holiday

Kutztown Dutch Folk Festival (2017)

The Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, is an annual celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch foods, crafts, and customs. There are special foods, such as apple butter, rivvel soup (rivvels are like dumplings), and the fruit pies that the Pennsylvania Dutch claim to have originated. Traditional artisans featured at the fair include tinsmiths, weavers, pretzel-makers, candlemakers, potters, and quilters. There are reenactments of a Pennsylvania Dutch funeral feast and demonstrations of nipsi—a complicated game that involves batting a piece of wood. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swine

gruntle - Can be used for swine, meaning "to make a little grunt." More...

pig - Originally meant just "young pig" until the 16th century—the word in Old and Middle English for the animal was swine. More...

swine - The collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

chat - To call a swine. More...

In the News

These 6000-Year-Old Tombs May Have Been Used as Telescopes

Astronomers believe they may have found humanity's first stargazing tools. At the National Astronomy Meeting held this week in Nottingham, England, researchers presented evidence that simple apertures like tunnels and doorways might have been used to ... More...
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