Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

frankincense

Definition:(noun) An aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation.
Synonyms:gum olibanum, olibanum, thus
Usage: A crow caught in a snare prayed to Apollo to release him, making a vow to offer some frankincense at his shrine.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Predicate

The predicate is, essentially, everything in the sentences that follows the subject. It is made up of at least one finite verb. What is a compound predicate? More...
Article of the Day

H.L. Mencken

Often regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century, H.L. Mencken was a journalist, satirist, social critic, and cynic known as the "Sage of Baltimore," for the city where he lived his entire life. Perhaps best remembered for his satirical reporting on the Scopes evolution trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey trial," Mencken was frequently critical of myriad groups. Why did the Arkansas legislature pass a motion in 1931 to pray for Mencken's soul? More...
This Day in History

British Airship Crashes near Beauvais (1930)

In 1920s Britain, airships were envisioned as a way to make the most remote parts of the British Empire accessible. Two starkly different teams of engineers were employed to create two crafts for passenger travel, one conservative and one more experimental. However, British use of airships effectively ended when the ambitious R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people—12 more than the infamous Hindenburg disaster. What was R101's destination? More...
Today's Birthday

Chevalier d'Éon (1728)

The inspiration for the now-obsolete term "eonism," describing the adoption of female dress and behavior by a male, the Chevalier d'Éon was a French noble, soldier, and spy who lived first as a male and then as a female. His cross-dressing appears to have begun as part of his covert activities, but by the 1770s, rumors reached France that the Chevalier was actually a woman masquerading as a man, and he was ordered to live as a woman thereafter. When was it proven that he was anatomically male? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

shifty-looking

Having or of an untrustworthy, dubious, or deceptive appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Locomotive Chase Festival (2018)

This three-day celebration in Adairsville, Georgia, commemorates the storied Civil War locomotive chase that came on April 12, 1862, after the Yankee spy, James J. Andrews, stole the Confederate engine named "The General." William A. Fuller, the conductor, set off in a handcar; in Adairsville, he boarded the locomotive "Texas" and barreled after "The General." Events of the festival include showings of the locomotive-chase movies, a grand parade, fireworks, and gospel singing. There are also such contests as three-legged races, a bean-bag toss, and a tug of war. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tomb

epitaph - From Greek epi, "upon, over," and taphos, "tomb" or "funeral." More...

lair - First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps." More...

pall, pallbearer - Pallbearer is based on pall, which was first a cloth spread over a coffin, hearse, or tomb. More...

cromlech - Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb." More...

In the News

Rare Tree Frog Dies in Atlanta, Likely Marking Species' Extinction

The last known member of a rare tree frog species has died. The male Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog was found dead in its enclosure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during a routine daily inspection on Monday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Staff had ... More...
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