Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

lubricious

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by lust.
Synonyms:lustful, prurient, salacious
Usage: She eluded the lubricious embraces of the drunken man and called the police.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Concrete Uncountable Nouns

Concrete nouns that are uncountable tend to be substances (such as "air," "wood," and "water") or collective categories of things (such as "furniture," "homework," and "luggage"). Concrete uncountable nouns cannot take numbers or plural forms. Why not? More...
Article of the Day

Nubian Pyramids

In the 8th century BCE, Egypt was conquered by Kushites from Napata—a city located to the south of Egypt in the area known today as Sudan. Although Napatan pharaohs ruled Egypt, it was Egypt that had an enormous cultural impact on Napata, prompting a period of vigorous pyramid-building that continued even in Napata's successor kingdom, Meroë. Approximately 220 pyramids were eventually built as tombs for Kushite kings and queens. These pyramids differ from their Egyptian counterparts in what way? More...
This Day in History

Germany, Italy, and Japan Sign Tripartite Pact (1940)

The World War II alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan was fully realized in September 1940, with the signing of the Tripartite Pact. The agreement called for the Axis Powers to come to each other's aid if attacked by a nation not already involved in the European War or the Sino-Japanese Conflict and to assist one another in their efforts to "establish and maintain a new order of things"—Germany and Italy in Europe and Japan in Greater East Asia. How did the treaty get the nickname "Roberto"? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophia Alekseyevna (1657)

Sophia Alekseyevna seized power in Russia after the death of her father, Czar Feodor III, and became regent during the minority of her disabled brother, Ivan V, and her half-brother, Peter I. She brutally eliminated her opponents and ruled dictatorially with her lover, Vasily V. Gallitzin. She aspired to be crowned czarina, but lacked support from the nobility and clergy. When it was rumored that she intended to kill Peter to become sole ruler, he overthrew the regency and confined her where? More...
Quotation of the Day
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Cosmas and Damian Day (Brazil) (2018)

Legend has Cosmas and Damian as twin brothers from Syria who were brought up in the Christian faith and who devoted their lives to medicine. As doctors they refused payment for their services, instead asking those who benefited from their healing to believe in Christ. In Brazil, the feast of Cosmas and Damian is celebrated on September 27 and it is traditional to give candy to children, since the saints are patrons of children. Yoruban mythology, which lives on through African Brazilians, tells of another set of holy twins, who are often associated with Cosmas and Damian. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: painter

paysagist - A painter of landscapes. More...

pointillist - A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist. More...

pictorial - First meant "pertaining to a painter or painting," as it derives from Latin pictor, "painter." More...

picturesque - Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter." More...

In the News

Scientists just discovered the first brainless animal that sleeps

It was well past midnight when Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath crept into the Caltech lab where they were keeping their jellyfish. They didn't bother switching on the lights, opting instead to navigate the maze of desks and equipment by ... More...
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