Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 23, 2021)
Word of the Day

tuffet

Definition:(noun) A low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person.
Synonyms:footrest, footstool, ottoman
Usage: He reclined in his chair with a contented sigh and put his feet up on the nearest tuffet.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Alternative Questions

Alternative questions are questions that provide a choice among two or more answers. These choices might be explicitly stated in the question (identified by the coordinating conjunction "or"), or they might be implied by the context. What are alternative questions also known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Number of the Beast

According to the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible, the Number of the Beast is a numeral associated with an unspecified creature of evil. Though some believe that the beast itself is Satan, the biblical language is vague enough to have led to numerous other interpretations, such as the theory that the number actually represents the Roman emperor Nero. Most translations of the Bible render the number as 666, but many scholars believe that earlier translations cite what other number? More...
This Day in History

First Passenger Elevator Installed (1857)

Elevators—in one form or another—have been used to make human life easier since ancient times. They were once just simple hoists but are now incredibly complex mechanical systems. One of the most significant advances came in 1853 with the invention of a safety device to prevent elevators from plummeting in the event of cable failure. Four years later, the first passenger elevator was installed, paving the way for taller buildings and the urban geography of modern cities. Where was it installed? More...
Today's Birthday

Emmy Noether (1882)

After Noether died, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times that she was "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began." Her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics were groundbreaking, evidenced by the inclusion of her name in several concepts, including "Noether's Theorem," "Noetherian module," "Noetherian ring," and "Noetherian induction." Where were her ashes buried? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

let the good times roll

To have as much fun or live life as richly as possible. (Often said as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2021)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shrubs

boscage - A mass of growing trees or shrubs—or a depiction of a wooded landscape. More...

nature strip - An area of grass beside a roadway, possibly with a few trees or shrubs, lying between the footpath part and the roadway proper. More...

balm, balsam - Greek balsamon is the source of both balm and balsam; it was an oily resin of various trees and shrubs. More...

topiary - Describing shrubs and trees that are trimmed, it is derived from Latin topiarius, "ornamental gardener." More...

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