Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

effulgent

Definition:(adjective) Shining brilliantly; resplendent.
Synonyms:radiant, refulgent, beamy, beaming
Usage: Hidden nooks and corners, unused to observation, suddenly gleam and blush in effulgent exposure,—like lovers whom the unexpected turning on of a light has revealed kissing in the dark.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Suffixes to Create Nouns

Nominalization refers to the creation of a noun from verbs or adjectives. Most of the time, nouns are created from other parts of speech through the use of suffixes. What are suffixes? More...
Article of the Day

Bonobos

Found only in the lowland rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the bonobo is an endangered species of great ape whose name has been variously reported as being a Bantu word for "chimpanzee" or "ancestor" or a misspelling of the name of the town of Bolobo on the Congo River. Sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees, bonobos closely resemble common chimpanzees in appearance and way of life but usually live in larger groups and are said to be less aggressive. How do bonobos settle disputes? More...
This Day in History

Gossamer Condor Wins First Kremer Prize (1977)

British industrialist Henry Kremer set up the Kremer Prize in 1959, offering £50,000 to the first group that could fly a human-powered aircraft over a 1-mile (1.6-km) figure-eight course. The aircraft also had to clear a 10-foot (3-m) pole at the start and finish line. Early attempts with heavy aircraft failed, so engineer Paul MacCready took a radically different approach in designing the Gossamer Condor, and his team won the first Kremer Prize in 1977. What was their inspiration? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Lee Lucas (1936)

Lucas had an abusive upbringing and began exhibiting violent behavior at an early age—even killing his own mother when he was 23. Little did officers know when they arrested him in 1983 on a weapons charge that they were taking a serial killer—perhaps the most prolific one in US history—off the streets. Lucas eventually claimed responsibility for over 600 murders, but many of his confessions are suspect, and the true number of his victims remains a mystery. Who spared him from execution and why? More...
Quotation of the Day
By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

poetry in motion

Something that is very elegant, graceful, and/or beautiful to observe, especially dance or the performing arts. More...
Today's Holiday

Moreška Sword Dance (2018)

The Moreška Sword Dance is a ritual dance of medieval knights that has been performed for centuries. The dance takes place in Korcula, the main town of the island of Korcula off the coast of the former Yugoslavia (now within Croatia), in honor of the town's patron saint, Theodore. The dance-cum-pageant, with many clashes of steel, symbolizes the battle against the Turks when Korcula was under the control of the kings of Bosnia in the late 14th century. Korcula has hosted the dance since 1997 to celebrate and preserve the 400-year-old tradition of sword dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: witch

troll - Originally a witch or sorceress. More...

fly-by-night - Said to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch, and was extended to "anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity," especially while owing money. More...

hag - First meant "witch." More...

witch - In Old English, it was actually wicca and originally (c. 890) was a man who practiced magic or sorcery, who we now call a wizard; by the year 1000, witch came to be defined as "a female magician or sorceress." More...

In the News

Scientists Crack Spaghetti Snapping Mystery

(Inside Science) -- It is nearly impossible to snap a dry spaghetti noodle neatly in two -- a challenge that has confounded pasta-loving researchers for decades. Now scientists from MIT have finally figured out how to break such noodles in two -- with ... More...
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