Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

destitute

Definition:(adjective) Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
Synonyms:impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
Usage: Though they were poor and destitute, they refused to ask others for help or charity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plurals

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s." What are some irregular plurals? More...
Article of the Day

Route 66

Also known as the "The Main Street of America," Route 66 was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois, in a south-westerly direction to Los Angeles, California, for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km). It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. More direct routes and increasingly sophisticated engineering techniques led to its being decommissioned in what year? More...
This Day in History

Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

heavy lifting

Any serious, difficult, or arduous work or activities. More...
Today's Holiday

Connecticut Early Music Festival (2020)

The term "early music" refers to music from the medieval, renaissance, baroque, and classical periods, up to and including Beethoven and Schubert, performed on period instruments. Since 1983, the residents of southeastern Connecticut have been able to hear early music performed on such unusual instruments as the slide trumpet, sackbut, viola da gamba, and the clavichord. The concerts are held in small rooms or churches so that the subtleties of the instruments can be heard—particularly the Noank Baptist Church in Noank and the Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College in New London. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: teaching

clinic - First meant "teaching of medicine at the bedside." More...

didactics - The art or science of teaching. More...

ear training - In music, it is the teaching of pitch and rhythm recognition. More...

hypnopedia - Teaching during sleep. More...

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