Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 18, 2018)
Word of the Day

frothy

Definition:(adjective) Emitting or filled with bubbles as from carbonation or fermentation.
Synonyms:bubbly, effervescing, spumy, foamy
Usage: There is nothing better on a balmy summer evening than a frothy ice-cream soda.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Functions of the Relative Pronoun

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause to the main clause in a sentence. In a relative clause, the relative pronoun functions in one of three ways. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Leviathan

In the Old Testament, there are five references to the leviathan—described by commentators as a massive sea creature, presumably a crocodile, whale, or dragon. Parallels have been drawn between these Biblical references and an ancient Babylonian creation story in which the goddess of chaos and creation, Tiamat, is slain and the two halves of her corpse are used to form the earth and sky. According to Jewish tradition, God created a male and female leviathan but then killed the female. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Fashoda Incident (1898)

Toward the end of the 19th century, France and Britain were brought to the brink of war by territorial disputes in Africa. Tensions came to a head at a strategically located fort at Fashoda, Sudan, occupied by the French mere months before a British force arrived with its own designs on the area. A standoff ensued, but the French, fearing an outbreak of hostilities, eventually withdrew. The diplomatic solution to this political crisis is widely seen as a precursor to what Anglo-French agreement? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819)

Foucault, a French physicist, invented the Foucault pendulum and used it to provide experimental proof that the Earth rotates on its axis. He improved astronomical instruments, especially the telescope, and with Armand Fizeau took the first clear photograph of the Sun. Foucault is also known for determining the speed of light with extreme accuracy and showing that light travels slower in water than in air. He had originally studied medicine but abandoned it for physics due to a fear of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let's not borrow trouble ... The rate of interest is too high.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

with reckless abandon

With rash, unrestrained impulsiveness, enthusiasm, or zeal. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution Week (Mesa, Arizona) (2018)

Mesa, Arizona, has consistently celebrated the Congressionally established Constitution Week for over 30 years. Held at the Mesa Amphitheater, the celebration includes a school band concert, a Constitution Quiz, a Boy Scouts parade of flags, the high school color guard ROTC, and live music. Educational activities include information about the lives and activities of America's Founding Fathers and an in-depth examination of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Mesa students at all grade levels learn about the U.S. Constitution during the week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: specializing

creperie - A restaurant specializing in crepes. More...

abandannad - A pickpocket specializing in bandannas or handkerchiefs. More...

cinematheque - A small movie theater specializing in art or classic films. More...

academic press - Also called a university press; a publishing house associated with a university or other scholarly institution, specializing in the publication of scholarly books and journals, particularly works written by its faculty. More...

In the News

Man disfigured by hunting accident becomes world's oldest face transplant recipient

A 64-year-old man in Canada who was left disfigured after a hunting accident has become the oldest person in the world to receive a face transplant, his doctors report. Four months after the surgery, performed at Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in ... More...
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