Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

oenophile

Definition:(noun) A connoisseur of fine wines.
Synonyms:wine lover
Usage: The oenophile was heartbroken when months of heavy rain ruined a particularly promising grape harvest.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Short vs. Long Adverbs

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear. However, an adverb's length can also impact where it is placed in a sentence. Do short adverbs or long adverbs tend to be positioned first? More...
Article of the Day

The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in southeast Africa. In 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is cut by four major river systems, which are increasingly used for irrigation. Sugarcane is the country's leading export, but pineapple, citrus fruit, and cotton are also important agricultural exports. Why does Swaziland have the one of the world's lowest life expectancy rates? More...
This Day in History

R&B Artist Aaliyah Killed in Airplane Crash (2001)

Signed to a record deal at age 12, Aaliyah became a popular R&B singer with hits such as "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" and "Are You That Somebody." She went on to appear in films, but her skyrocketing career came to a halt when she and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 after filming a music video. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Though the pilot was unlicensed and had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system, the crash was primarily blamed on what other issue? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Stanford (1828)

Jane Stanford was the wife of a prominent American railroad builder and politician. After the death of the couple's only child in 1884, they began looking for ways to honor his memory. The next year, they founded Leland Stanford Junior University, popularly known as Stanford University. When her husband passed away in 1893, Jane stepped in to run the university and saw it through a difficult financial period, at times using her personal finances to fund the school. Who poisoned her in 1905? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

pull a face (at someone)

To make a grimacing or humorously distorted facial expression (at someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Ullambana (Hungry Ghosts Festival) (2018)

A Buddhist and Taoist festival probably dating back to the sixth century, Ullambana is observed in China as well as throughout the rest of eastern Asia. It is believed that during this month the souls of the dead are released from purgatory to roam the earth. Unhappy and hungry spirits may cause trouble and therefore must be placated with offerings. People burn paper replicas of material possessions, believing that this frees these things for the spirits' use. Joss sticks are burned, and offerings of food are placed on tables outside people's homes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: litter

reckling, wallydrag - Reckling and wallydrag are both names for the runt of a litter. More...

farrow - Now the term for a litter of pigs, it originally meant "young pig," from Indo-European porkos. More...

queen - A litter-bearing female cat. More...

tantony - The smallest pig in a litter. More...

In the News

People with Autism and Learning Disabilities Excel in Creative Thinking, Study Shows

A new study showing that people with autism display higher levels of creativity has been welcomed by campaigners who say it helps debunk a myth about people with learning disabilities. Scientists found that people with the developmental condition were ... More...
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