Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

pileus

Definition:(noun) The umbrellalike fruiting structure forming the top of a stalked fleshy fungus, such as a mushroom; the cap.
Synonyms:cap
Usage: The recipe instructs the chef to separate the pileus from the stalk, presumably because the former adds more flavor to the dish.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions of Agency

A preposition of agency describes a person or a thing that has caused or is causing something to occur. Sentences containing prepositions of agency are usually written in the passive voice and employ which two prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a Christian denomination, is best known for its teaching that Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is the Sabbath and that the second advent of Jesus is imminent. Born out of the Millerite Movement of the 1840s, the church was part of the wave of revivalism known as the Second Great Awakening. The core set of theological beliefs held by the church are expressed in its 28 Fundamentals, which states what about death? More...
This Day in History

Cosmonaut Gherman Titov Becomes First Man to Spend a Day in Space (1961)

Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut and the second man to orbit the Earth, preceded just months earlier by Yuri Gagarin, with whom he had trained. At 25 years old, Titov was selected to fly the Vostok 2 mission and spent 25 hours in space, completing 17 Earth orbits. The mission brought him several impressive designations: youngest person to fly in space, first person to experience space sickness, and first person to sleep in space. Though he overslept, what strange occurrence initially kept him up? More...
Today's Birthday

Nicolas Malebranche (1638)

Malebranche was a French priest, theologian, and philosopher who developed a synthesis of Cartesian and Augustinian thought with the purpose of reconciling the new science with Christian theology. Beginning with Descartes's dualism between mind and body, Malebranche developed his doctrine of occasionalism, which denies any interaction between the two realms. He summarized his beliefs in his famous assertion that we see all things in God, which led to an extended controversy with what theologian? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a cut above the rest

Better in quality than most others. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of El Salvador del Mundo (2015)

The patron saint and namesake of El Salvador—El Salvador del Mundo (the Savior of the World)—is honored with a national festival. Festival proceedings commence the week of the saint's day, on August 6. The main events of the festival are a religious procession, a large fair, various sporting events and a riotous party featuring street floats and dancers. The religious ceremony features an old wooden image of Christ that is lowered inside a wooden shell; it emerges from the shell appareled in gleaming white robes, a symbolic representation of Christ's transfiguration. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shrubs

boscage - A mass of growing trees or shrubs—or a depiction of a wooded landscape. More...

nature strip - An area of grass beside a roadway, possibly with a few trees or shrubs, lying between the footpath part and the roadway proper. More...

balm, balsam - Greek balsamon is the source of both balm and balsam; it was an oily resin of various trees and shrubs. More...

topiary - Describing shrubs and trees that are trimmed, it is derived from Latin topiarius, "ornamental gardener." More...

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