Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

ostensible

Definition:(adjective) Appearing as such but not necessarily so.
Synonyms:seeming, apparent
Usage: The ostensible reason of his appearance was the discovery, the very night before, of a "perfect little house."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions that Describe Performance

When we describe how well someone does something, we often use the verb phrase "is good" followed by the preposition "at." However, if we use the verb phrase "does well," what preposition do we use? More...
Article of the Day

The Lost Land of Lemuria

Puzzled by the presence of lemur fossils in Madagascar and India—but not in Africa or the Middle East—19th-century geologist Philip Sclater theorized that the two land masses containing the fossils had once been part of a larger, now mostly submerged continent, which he named "Lemuria." Following the scientific community's acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift, however, Sclater's theory was widely dismissed. What is one example of an actual sunken continent? More...
This Day in History

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church has been an Alabama institution since 1873. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it served as an organizational headquarters, meeting site, and rallying point for blacks protesting racism in the South. This made it a target for the Ku Klux Klan, which arranged to bomb the church during Sunday services. Four young girls died in the attack and more than 20 others were injured. What sermon were congregants about to hear when the bombing took place? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

go to wrack and ruin

To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") More...
Today's Holiday

Costa Rica Independence Day (2018)

On this day in 1821, Costa Rica achieved independence after having been ruled by Spain since the early 1500s. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua also declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. On the evening of September 14, the president traditionally lights a torch representing liberty in the old capital city of Cartago and, on Independence Day, gives a speech to schoolchildren. There are more speeches and dancing in San José, the modern capital. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: houses

ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses. More...

row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses. More...

domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses. More...

vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity. More...

In the News

Saturn Unveiled: How Cassini Revealed the Ringed Planet

After 14 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft is preparing to write its final chapter on the Saturn system. No other spacecraft in history has come to know a single planetary system as intimately as Cassini knows Saturn: Cassini is the first spacecraft ... More...
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