Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

occlude

Definition:(verb) To cause to become closed.
Synonyms:obturate, impede, obstruct, jam, block
Usage: The excess inventory had occluded the exit, and was deemed a hazard by the safety inspector.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gerunds

A gerund is the "-ing" form of a verb when it functions grammatically as a noun in a sentence. What is a gerund phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Rugby

The game of rugby originated in the early 19th century in, according to tradition, Rugby, England. It is related to both soccer and American football and is said to have started when a soccer player picked up the ball and ran with it. It was introduced into the US in 1875 but faded as American football developed. Unlike that sport, rugby features almost continuous play. Though tackling is permitted, blocking is forbidden, and players may not pass the ball forward. What is the "scrum"? More...
This Day in History

Prohibition Era Begins in the US (1920)

By January of 1919, members of the US temperance movement had been campaigning against excessive drinking for a century. Their efforts resulted in the 18th Amendment, which, when it went into effect in 1920, prohibited the sale—but not the consumption—of liquor. Prohibition spawned what John D. Rockefeller called "a vast army of lawbreakers" who profited from the illegal sale of alcohol, and the failed ban was repealed in 1933. What was delivered to the White House immediately after the repeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Dian Fossey (1932)

Fossey was an occupational therapist when, on a trip to Africa in 1963, she met famed anthropologist Louis Leakey, who encouraged her to pursue her dream of studying gorillas. In 1966, she began living a solitary life in the mountains of central Africa, gradually gaining the acceptance of the gorillas she observed and building a vast body of knowledge about their habits, communication, and social structure. In 1985, she was found hacked to death in her Rwandan forest camp. Who murdered her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

long memory

A clear memory of events that happened long ago. More...
Today's Holiday

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (2018)

This extravaganza of ice sculptures takes place from January 5 through February in the port city of Harbin, the second largest city of northeast China, located in Heilongjiang Province. The sculptures, using themes of ancient legends and stories and modern historic events, depict pavilions, temples, and mythic animals and persons. Located in Zhaolin Park, they shimmer in the sun by day, and at night are illuminated in a rainbow of colors. Theatrical events, art exhibitions, and a photo exhibition mark festival time, and wedding ceremonies are often scheduled in the ice-filled park. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stall

loge - A booth or stall; also a box in a theatre. More...

cage - Came to English from Latin cavea, "enclosure for animals; coop, hive, or stall"—or "dungeon." More...

install - Its earliest sense was "place in office by seating in a stall or official seat," from Old French estaler, "to place," from estal, "place." More...

pedestal - Comes from Old Italian piedestallo, a conflation of pie de stallo, "foot of a stall." More...

In the News

Rare Coin Costs a Pretty Penny

A California coin collector recently paid a record-setting $2.6 million at auction for one of the first pennies manufactured in the US. The coveted one-cent piece is a 1792 prototype penny known as the "Birch Cent," in honor of its engraver, Robert Birch. Only 10 such coins are believed to exist, and this one's new owner was so thrilled with his purchase that he spent more than $2.2 million on one of America's first quarters at an auction the following day. More...
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