Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

borecole

Definition:(noun) A hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head.
Synonyms:kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, colewort
Usage: The aristocrats did not enjoy the health benefits of borecole because they considered it a peasant's food.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Action Verbs

Action verbs (also known as dynamic verbs) are verbs that are used to explain what the subject of a sentence is actively doing. What is a stative verb? More...
Article of the Day

Faiyum Mummy Portraits

For the first three centuries CE, the people of Roman Egypt, especially those of the Faiyum region, used hot, pigmented wax to paint portraits of the dead on wooden or plaster-coated panels. Renowned for their naturalism, the detailed funerary masks, which were placed over the faces of Faiyum's ancient mummies, make up the richest body of portraiture to have survived from antiquity. What do some scholars claim the age of the subjects in the portraits says about life expectancy at the time? More...
This Day in History

"BTK" Serial Killer Dennis Rader Pleads Guilty to 10 Murders (2005)

Rader was a city employee, married father of two, Boy Scout leader, and an active churchgoer—and a serial killer. From 1974 to 1991, he killed 10 people in and around Wichita, Kansas. In 2004, after years of silence, he resumed taunting police and local media with letters describing the murders. In February 2005, police used information on a floppy disk he had sent them to locate and arrest him. He pled guilty that June. Five days after his arrest, he was fired from his job—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Lafcadio Hearn (1850)

Born in Greece and educated in Ireland, Hearn immigrated to the US at age 19 and lived in poverty for a time until he found employment as a journalist. He was a colorful but morbidly discontented man, admired for his highly polished tales of the macabre. In 1890, a magazine sent him to Japan, where he married a Japanese woman, took a Japanese name, and became a citizen. His subsequent books offered the West its first thoughtful view of Japanese culture. What partial handicap did he have? More...
Quotation of the Day
To be in the weakest camp is to be in the strongest school.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hit the gas

To move quickly; to accelerate or go faster. Used especially while riding in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Little Big Horn Days (2020)

This festival is a commemoration in Hardin, Montana, of the Old West and the famous Battle of Little Big Horn. An hour-long reenactment is staged each night of the three-day festival near the actual site of the original battle, which occurred June 25, 1876. The battle reenactment is performed by more than 200 riders. Among them are descendants of those who rode with George Armstrong Custer. Other events of the weekend are a historical symposium, a street dance, and a parade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stairway

half-pace - A broad step or small landing between two half flights in a staircase. More...

companionway - A stairway or ladder from a deck to the cabin below. More...

staircase - A stairway does not necessarily have a handrail or balustrade—but a staircase does. More...

newel - The main post at the bottom of a banister or stairway. More...

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