Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

sanguinary

Definition:(adjective) Accompanied by bloodshed.
Synonyms:butcherly, gory, slaughterous
Usage: A sanguinary encounter seemed daily imminent between the two parties in the streets of Baltimore.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Slash

The slash ( / ) serves a number of purposes in writing, essentially standing in for other words as a quick and clear way of showing the connection between two things. What is a slash technically known as? More...
Article of the Day

Ice Diving

Ice diving is a type of penetration diving that takes place under ice. Because it is a particularly dangerous form of diving, divers need to wear exposure suits, hoods, and gloves to protect themselves from frigid waters; use a harness and rope to tether themselves to the surface in case they lose consciousness and must be hauled out; and train in correctly impacting the underside of surface ice in case of rapid ascent. Why should no more than two ice divers dive from the same hole at once? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Tannenberg Ends (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg? More...
Today's Birthday

Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who passed away weeks ago at the age of 98, was one of WWII's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

boots and all

With maximum effort or enthusiasm; completely and without restraint. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. More...
Today's Holiday

Flower Festival of St. Rose (2018)

On the island of St. Lucia, two floral societies known as the Roses and the Marguerites pay tribute to their namesake flowers as well as their patron saints: Rose of Lima and Margaret Mary Alacoque. In an intensive process of preparing for the two fêtes, the they each hold a series of dress rehearsals known as séances. The feast day then opens with a church service, which is followed by a street procession presenting the host society's royal entourage. The evening program includes a banquet, the much-awaited performance by the shantwel, and folk dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: warm

calid - Another way of saying "warm, tepid." More...

malmy - Pertains to weather that is warm and sticky. More...

nonchalant - Comes from French nonchaloir, "not heated," ultimately from Latin noncalere, "not warm or aroused." More...

tepid - From Latin tepere, "be warm." More...

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