Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

aviary

Definition:(noun) A large enclosure for holding birds in confinement.
Synonyms:volary, bird sanctuary
Usage: We visited the aviary to see the exotic birds advertised in the brochure.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reporting Verbs

In reported speech, we use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. The most common so-called "reporting verbs" are "say" and "tell." When we use "tell," what else do we need to use? More...
Article of the Day

Sea Urchins

The sea urchin, a spiny sea creature related to the starfish, is found in oceans all over the world. Its body wall is a firm, globose shell, made of fused skeletal plates. Five rows of the skeletal plates are pierced by pores for its tube feet, which it uses, along with its spines, for locomotion. Sea urchin "roe," which is actually made from the organs that produce the roe, is considered a delicacy in Mediterranean regions and Japan, where it has been sold for what price? More...
This Day in History

Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft (1634)

Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with the devil, Grandier was tortured, found guilty, and burned at the stake. What was presented as evidence of the Grandier's diabolical pact? More...
Today's Birthday

Liviu Librescu (1930)

A Holocaust survivor, Professor Liviu Librescu had seen more than his fair share of death before April 16, 2007—Holocaust Remembrance Day—when a gunman tried to enter his classroom at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. Librescu jumped into action, blocking the door to give his students time to escape through the windows. His heroic actions cost him his life; he was shot five times by the gunman. How many of his students did he manage to save? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

penguin suit

slang A man's formal evening wear, i.e., a tuxedo. More...
Today's Holiday

Mohegan Wigwam Festival (2018)

This Mohegan festival, which takes place in Uncasville, Connecticut, has evolved from the pre-Columbian thanksgiving ceremony held by the Indians to thank their creator for the corn harvest. The Wigwam Festival, now billed as a "homecoming"—a time for Mohegan Indians living in all parts of the world to come home and renew their roots—is an opportunity to conduct tribal business, such as the installation of new chieftains and medicine women, and to update one another on tribal matters. Other events include traditional dancing, storytelling, and arts and crafts displays. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: transfer

translate - Early on, it meant "transfer." More...

emancipate - Derives from Latin e-, "out," and mancipare, "deliver as property; transfer, sell." More...

metaphor - From Greek metapherein, "to transfer," as it is a word or phrase transferred from one context (meaning) to another. More...

transistor - A blend of transfer and resistor. More...

In the News

Do Video Games Make People Violent?

More than 200 academics have signed an open letter criticising controversial new research suggesting a link between violent video games and aggression. The findings were released by the American Psychological Association. It set up a taskforce that ... More...
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