Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 13, 2019)
Word of the Day

vermiculate

Definition:(adjective) Infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms.
Synonyms:worm-eaten, wormy
Usage: I returned from vacation to find my yard littered with vermiculate, rotting plums that had fallen from the tree while I was away.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Modifiers

Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. How can we determine if a modifier is an adjective or an adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Gran Colombia

Gran Columbia was a South American republic from 1819 to 1830. It encompassed much of northern South America and southern Central America, including parts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador, which became its successor states after its dissolution. With its capital at Bogotá, it was created during the war for independence from Spain by revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, who served as its first president. Its existence was marked by a struggle between supporters of what two types of government? More...
This Day in History

The Phoenix Lights: Aliens or Air Force? (1997)

In 1997, thousands of people reported a series of optical phenomena—since known as the Phoenix Lights—taking place in the skies over the US states of Arizona and Nevada. The sightings consisted of two events: a triangular formation of lights observed passing overhead and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. Although the US Air Force identified the second group of lights as flares, many believe the first set of lights were those of a UFO, including what notable politician? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Lambert (1770)

Lambert is famous for having been recognized, in his own time, as the fattest man in England. An active and athletic youth, he began his dramatic weight gain after taking over his father's job as keeper of a prison in Leicester. Though he initially led a quiet life and was well liked by his prisoners, he eventually—and reluctantly—went on tour. By then, he weighed more than 700 pounds (318 kg), and spectators paid a shilling each to see him. What complication arose when he died at Stamford? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

legal eagle

An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. More...
Today's Holiday

Kasuga Matsuri (2021)

The Kasuga Shrine in Nara is one of the most beautiful and ancient in Japan. Every year on March 13, a festival is held there with elaborate ceremonies and performances that recall the shrine's heyday. The hiki-uma horse ceremony, in which a sacred horse is led in procession through the streets, and the elegant Yamato-mai dance performed by Shinto women are reminiscent of the culture and customs of the Nara and Heian Eras. Construction of the Kasuga Shrine was started during the Nara period (710-784) and was completed in the first years of the Heian period (794-1185). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: open space

laund - An open space in the woods, like a glade or pasture. More...

step-thru - Refers to having an open space in an otherwise solid object through which a person can step or walk, e.g. a motor-scooter has a step-thru frame. More...

agoraphobia - Based on Greek agora, "open space," it was not the first phobia described, which was actually hydrophobia in the mid-16th century. More...

concourse - An open space for people to move about in an airport terminal (or a set of gates) or other transport station. More...

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