Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

shogunate

Definition:(noun) A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).
Synonyms:monocracy, dictatorship
Usage: The people had philosophical problems with the shogunate, but they had to admit that trade and commerce were flourishing under its rule.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text. When are brackets placed around ellipses? More...
Article of the Day

Topography

In Ancient Greece, topographers were charged with writing detailed descriptions of places, works that are now called “local histories.” By the 20th c, the practice of topography had evolved into the study and representation of the features and configuration of land surfaces. Topographic maps use symbols and coloring to represent elevations, depressions, and depths of water and depict the contours of both natural and man-made features. In what other scientific fields has topography been applied? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Escape from an Aircraft Using the Ejection Seat (1942)

Ejection seats are used in aircraft to quickly propel occupants out in an emergency. Today, they are fired by an explosive charge, but the first ejection seats were powered by compressed air. One of the first aircrafts to be fitted with such a system was the German Heinkel He 280 prototype jet fighter. While testing the He 280 during WWII, pilot Helmut Schenk became the first person to use an ejection seat to make an emergency escape from an aircraft. What went wrong during his test flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoinette Bourignon (1616)

Bourignon was a Flemish Christian mystic. After spending a short time in a convent and as head of an orphanage, she gathered a fanatical following at Amsterdam, believing herself divinely directed to restore the pure spirit of the Gospel. Moving from place to place, she took her printing press with her and disseminated her teachings. Her mystical ideas found particular favor in Scotland, where Bourignianism was declared a heresy. Why did Bourignon flee her home in 1636? More...
Quotation of the Day
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. More...
Today's Holiday

Silvesterklausen (Old Silvester Day) (2020)

The custom known as Silvesterklausen in the town of Urnäsch, Appenzell Outer Rhoden, Switzerland, is performed both on December 31, New Silvester Day (St. Sylvester's Day), and on January 13, or Old Silvester Day (reflecting the change from the Julian, or Old Style, calendar to the Gregorian, or New Style, calendar in 1582). The men of the village, wearing masks, costumes, and heavy harnesses with bells, traditionally walk in groups from house to house singing wordless yodels. The friends and neighbors who receive them offer them a drink before they move on to the next house. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: north

arctic - Comes from the ancient Greeks' word for north, arktikos, literally "of the bear"; arctic should be pronounced AHRK-tik. More...

above - Traces back to Old English bove, first meaning "north" and later taking the meaning of "overhead." More...

true north - North according to the earth's axis, not magnetic north. More...

cold - When the moon is far to the north, it is popularly called a cold moon. More...

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