Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

quail

Definition:(verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.
Synonyms:cringe, flinch, recoil, wince
Usage: The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Determiners

Determiners do two things. First, they signal that a noun or noun phrase will follow. Then, they give information about the item. What are demonstrative determiners? More...
Article of the Day

Mount Everest

The peak of Mount Everest is 29,035 ft (8,850 m) above sea level, making it the highest point on earth. It is called Chomo-Lungma, or "Mother of the Universe," by the Tibetans, and Devgri in Sanskrit, meaning "Holy Mountain." The first confirmed ascent of the mountain took place in 1953, by Hillary of New Zealand and Norgay of Nepal; however, whether George Mallory had successfully ascended the mountain in 1924 before dying is a matter of controversy. What is the Death zone? More...
This Day in History

Bing Crosby Records "White Christmas," Best-Selling Single of All Time (1942)

Composed by legendary songwriter Irving Berlin, "White Christmas" has been recorded by numerous singers. By far, the best known version is performed by Crosby. However, it is not his 1942 recording that American audiences hear endlessly during Christmastime, but rather the re-recording he made in 1947. The song was further popularized by the film of the same name—starring Crosby—released in 1954. How many copies is Crosby's "White Christmas" single estimated to have sold worldwide? More...
Today's Birthday

Iannis Xenakis (1922)

Xenakis was a Romanian-born French composer, architect, and mathematician. He started out studying engineering and music in Greece but was forced to flee in 1947 when he was denounced as a communist. He moved to Paris and, for the next 12 years, worked with the architect Le Corbusier. In his 30s, he began seriously studying composition with Olivier Messiaen and others and earned acclaim for his use of mathematical models in musical composition. What computerized composition tool did he develop? More...
Quotation of the Day
One does not jump, and spring, and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune, one begins to consider responsibilities, and to ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood over our bliss with a solemn brow.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

last burst of fire

A final effort or attempt, especially as before failure or defeat. More...
Today's Holiday

Shick-Shack Day (2021)

The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that this day takes its name from a corruption of a derogatory term for Protestants who did not follow the doctrines of the Church of England. It was later applied to those who did not wear the traditional sprig of oak on May 29, or Royal Oak Day—the birthday of Charles II, and the day in 1660 on which he made his entry into London as king. Shick-shack has since become synonymous with the oak-apple or sprig of oak itself, and May 29 is celebrated in memory of the restoration of King Charles and his preservation in the Royal Oak. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lamb

lamb - In Gothic times, lamb was used for "adult sheep" as well as "baby sheep." More...

rack of lamb - A roast of the rib section of lamb. More...

shepherd's pie - Got its name from the meat it originally contained—lamb or mutton. More...

white meat - The pale meat of poultry, rabbit, or veal; red meat is from beef or lamb. More...

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