Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

veiling

Definition:(noun) Sheer material, such as gauze or fine lace, used for veils.
Synonyms:netting, gauze
Usage: The seamstress attached a lace trim to the veiling, so that it would match the bride's dress.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Choosing the Correct Demonstrative Adjective

"This," "That," "These," and "Those" are the four common demonstrative adjectives in English. Which ones are used to refer to people and objects that are plural? More...
Article of the Day

The Poppy

The poppy family is composed chiefly of herbs from the Northern Hemisphere that have characteristic milky or colored sap. Most species are native to the Old World, and many are cultivated in gardens for their brilliantly colored, if short-lived, blossoms. The opium poppy is grown for its opium as well as for its seeds for cooking and baking. The poppy has been the symbol of the dead and of sleep since antiquity. In many countries, the poppy is worn to commemorate what holiday? More...
This Day in History

Cameroon's Lake Monoun Explodes, Suffocating 37 (1984)

The explosion at Cameroon's Lake Monoun, which killed 37 people, at first baffled investigators. It was only after a similar event at nearby Lake Nyos two years later claimed the lives of 1,700 people that experts determined that high concentration of carbon dioxide in the lakes had caused the suffocating limnic eruptions. Venting pipes were inserted into Lake Monoun to remove the gas and prevent future eruptions. How many lakes in the world are susceptible to this sort of deadly gas release? More...
Today's Birthday

Virginia Clemm Poe (1822)

When she was just 13, Virginia Clemm married her first cousin Edgar Allan Poe, who was 14 years her senior. For years, scholars have debated about the nature of this relationship, which was cut short when Virginia tragically died of tuberculosis at 24. Edgar was clearly smitten by his young bride—and muse—and was devastated by her death. Still, some believe that the two were more like siblings than spouses and never actually consummated their marriage. What has led them to this conclusion? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

pay (one's) last respects

To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending his or her funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Nag Panchami (2018)

This Hindu festival is dedicated to the sacred serpent, on whose coils Vishnu rested while he was creating the universe. According to Hindu belief, snakes can bring wealth and rain, and unhappy ones can cause a home to collapse. Therefore milk and flowers are offered to snakes, especially cobras; snake deities; or painted snake images at shrines. Because snakes are also worn by Shiva, hundreds of snakes are released at the Shiva temples in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, where Shiva lived after destroying a demon, and in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, considered the religious capital of the Hindu faith. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrap

mammock - A scrap, shred, or piece that is torn or broken off. More...

riffraff - Rif/riff, "spoil, strip," and raf, "carry off," combined as rif et raf in French, then went to English as riff and raff, "everything, every scrap," and then riffraff. More...

scrip - Can be a scrap of paper with writing on it. More...

tatter - A scrap of cloth, from Old Norse totrar, "rags"; often used as tatters. More...

In the News

Scientists Researching Brain Disorders Create Super-Clever Mice

Scientists have genetically modified mice to be super-intelligent and found they are also less anxious, a discovery that may help the search for treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers ... More...
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