Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

mantic

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, or having the power of divination; prophetic.
Synonyms:divinatory, sibyllic, sibylline, vatic
Usage: The oracle's mantic powers were well known, and pilgrims came from far and wide to worship and bring gifts.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Linking Verbs

Linking verbs are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs, they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action. What are linking verbs also known as? More...
Article of the Day

Floyd Collins and the Crystal Cave

Collins was a caver noted for discovering Kentucky's Crystal Cave in 1917. Eight years later, while searching for a new entrance to a popular cave system, he became trapped underground. He died after about two weeks, just days before a rescue shaft reached his location. The rescue quickly became the third biggest media event of the period, the first and second being Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and his son's kidnapping. Coincidently, Lindbergh played a role in the rescue, doing what? More...
This Day in History

The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed (1959)

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Alicia Markova (1910)

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing? More...
Quotation of the Day
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

kick (someone or something) to the curb

To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted. More...
Today's Holiday

Central African Republic Independence Day (2017)

On December 1, 1958, the region now known as Central African Republic became a republic within the French Community. The republic achieved independence from France on August 13, 1960. Both days are celebrated as national holidays. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruler

rector - First was a ruler or governor, now it is generally a person conducting a religious service. More...

sultan - Comes from the Arabic word for "ruler," from Aramaic shultana, "power." More...

Inca - A Quechua word meaning "king, lord, ruler." More...

rule - One of many words from Latin regula, "straight stick, ruler." More...

In the News

Why Marriage Is Linked to a Lower Risk of Dementia

People who have never married or whose spouse has died are at increased risk of developing dementia compared to married people, according to a new review in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. But being single may not be as big a ... More...
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