Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

dungaree

Definition:(noun) A sturdy, often blue denim fabric.
Synonyms:jean, denim
Usage: He wore an open jacket, with a splotch of tar on the sleeve, a red-and-black check shirt, dungaree trousers, and heavy boots badly worn.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles and Other Parts of Speech

Articles always modify nouns. An article can also precede a noun phrase, even if it begins with an adjective or an adverb. However, articles cannot precede what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Photographic Mosaics

Simply speaking, a photographic mosaic is a picture made of smaller pictures. Often used to recreate iconic images such as the Mona Lisa, photomosaics are created by replacing rectangular sections of an image with smaller pictures or photographs of an average color. When viewed from afar, a primary image is visible. When examined closely, the hundreds or thousands of smaller images acting as pixels are revealed. In 1994, a photomosaic of John F. Kennedy was created with pictures of whom? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Drusilla (16 CE)

Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula's lover. Upon Drusilla's death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her "Diva Drusilla," deifying her as a representation of what goddess? More...
Quotation of the Day
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Mexico Festival of Independence (2017)

At 11 o'clock on the night of September 15 in Mexico City, the president appears on the balcony of the National Palace and proclaims the famous Grito de Dolores ("cry of Dolores")—the "call to freedom" that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla used to rouse the peasant population to fight for their independence in 1810. The people respond by cheering Viva México! and shooting off fireworks. The following day is Independence Day, which is celebrated with fireworks, the ringing of cathedral bells, and a huge military parade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pendant

pendant - A light fixture suspended from a ceiling, or the hanging part of an earring. More...

append - Originally meant "hang on" or "attach as a pendant." More...

pendant, pendent - Pendant is the noun; pendent is the adjective—meaning "hanging, suspended." More...

pennant - A blend of pendant and pennon, a banner or flag. More...

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