Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

inedible

Definition:(adjective) Not suitable for food.
Synonyms:uneatable
Usage: Though it may look delicious, plastic fruit is inedible and should be used for display only.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs from Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, what do we do to form the comparative? More...
Article of the Day

The Triumph of Death

Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel earned the nickname "Peasant"—a reference to the subjects of his artwork—painting cheerful scenes of daily life. However, in 1562, he displayed a taste for the macabre with The Triumph of Death, a panoramic landscape of death and destruction wrought by hordes of skeletons that has been interpreted as an allegorical depiction of the horrors of war. What board game is depicted in the painting? More...
This Day in History

General George Washington Crosses the Delaware in a Surprise Attack (1776)

By December 1776, the morale of American colonists fighting in the Revolution had been severely weakened by a string of losses to the better-equipped British. On Christmas Day, Washington crossed the partially-frozen Delaware River with thousands of troops, overnight and during an ice storm, to surprise and overwhelm Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. There were few casualties, and the bold move restored hope of an American victory. What secret phrase signaled the start of the crossing? More...
Today's Birthday

Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887)

As a boy, Hilton helped his father turn the family's home into an inn for traveling salesmen. After serving in World War I, he began to buy hotels in Texas and soon graduated to such grand establishments as Chicago's Palmer House and the Waldorf-Astoria of New York. By the late 1940s, Hilton's company had expanded overseas, and at the time of his death in 1979, Hilton controlled the world's largest hotel company. Aside from the Bible, what book was once stocked in all of Hilton's hotel rooms? More...
Quotation of the Day
A new machine invented in England deprives millions of Chinese workers of their livelihood within a year's time. In this way, big industry has brought all the people of the earth into contact with each other, has merged all local markets into one world market, has spread civilization and progress everywhere.

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

Idiom of the Day

does (exactly) what it says on the tin

(Something) does precisely what it claims or is supposed to do. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Asarah be-Tevet (Fast of the Tenth of Tevet) (2020)

Asarah be-Tevet is a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE that was a prelude to the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at first morning light on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet. In Israel, it is also a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. However, Jews outside Israel observe Yom ha-Shoah as Holocaust Memorial Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: phenomena

cosmology - The study of the world as a totality of all phenomena in space and time. More...

noology - The science of intuition and reason as phenomena of the mind. More...

ontology, phenomenology - Ontology is the branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature or essence of being or existence, the opposite of phenomenology, the science of phenomena. More...

second nature - Originally Latin secundum naturam, "according to nature," it is from Aristotelian philosophy and contrasts with phenomena that are super naturam ("above nature," such as God's grace), extra naturam ("outside nature"), supra naturam ("beyond nature," such as miracles), or contra naturam ("against nature"). More...

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