Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

demonstrable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being demonstrated or proved.
Synonyms:provable
Usage: The mother showed a demonstrable lack of concern for the general welfare of her children, so they were taken away from her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indefinite Pronouns: People and Things

Quite a few indefinite pronouns can be used to refer to either people or things. In such cases, we rely on context or other elements of the sentence to know which. What are some indefinite pronouns that can refer to both things and people? More...
Article of the Day

The Leonids

Occurring annually in mid-November, the Leonids meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo, from which it appears to radiate. The meteor shower is visible every year around the time the Earth moves through the particles left from the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Though most years' showers have a low frequency of meteors, the Leonids have produced some of the most spectacular meteor showers in history. How many meteors are estimated to have been observed per hour during the shower in 1833? More...
This Day in History

Hither Green Rail Crash (1967)

The Sunday evening express train from Hastings to London was traveling 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) when it struck a stressed and fractured rail not far from London's Hither Green depot. The packed train derailed and partially overturned, killing 49 people in one of the worst rail disasters in British history. Several other trains may have successfully passed over the broken rail earlier. What safety feature, present on the particular train that derailed, may have triggered the accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahmud Ghazan (1271)

One of the most prominent Mongol leaders of Persia, Ghazan was raised Buddhist but converted to Islam in 1295 before inheriting his father's throne. Well educated and fluent in several languages, he tasked his vizier with composing a history of the Mongols. In Syria, he successfully fought his family's enemy, the Mamluks, but they reoccupied the area upon his departure. What European nation became so fascinated with Mongol culture in the 13th century that many children were named for Ghazan? More...
Quotation of the Day
One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in (one's) dotage

In a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. More...
Today's Holiday

Return Day (2020)

In the early 19th century, the rural residents of Sussex County, Delaware, had to travel to Georgetown to cast their ballots on Election Day, and the results were read two days later from the courthouse. Farmers in the surrounding areas would travel to Georgetown with their families to hear the announcement and to join in the festivities. Residents continue the tradition today, which includes a formal announcement of the results, parades, picnics, and military displays. Street vendors sell roast oxen, and there is a parade down Market Street. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wonder

admire - Can mean "to wonder at, to be slightly surprised." More...

marvel - Traces to Latin mirabilia, from mirari, "wonder at." More...

nine days' wonder - An old term (c. 1325) for an event or phenomenon that attracts enthusiastic interest for a short while, but is then ignored or forgotten. More...

Wonder Bread - Got its name from a vice president who watched a hot-air balloon race shortly before the bread needed a name—"wonder" is how he described the event and then the bread. More...

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