Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

trepidation

Definition:(noun) A state of alarm or dread.
Synonyms:apprehension
Usage: With trepidation, the children approached the haunted house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions of Agency

A preposition of agency describes a person or a thing that has caused or is causing something to occur. Sentences containing prepositions of agency are usually written in the passive voice and employ which two prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

Voodoo

Voodoo refers to West African religious beliefs and practices that also have adherents in the New World. Voodoo believers are most numerous in Haiti and Benin, where they enjoy official government recognition. Voodoo contends that all of nature is controlled by spiritual forces which must be acknowledged and honored through offerings and animal sacrifice. Voodoo's incarnation in the American South is often called Louisiana Voodoo. What is a gris-gris? More...
This Day in History

Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (1775)

American patriot Paul Revere was a member of the Sons of Liberty and a participant in the Boston Tea Party, but he is chiefly remembered for his late-night horseback ride to warn the Massachusetts colonists that British soldiers were setting forth on the mission that, as it turned out, began the American Revolution. Two others also rode out with the news, but it is Revere who is celebrated as the midnight rider, despite having been captured before reaching his final destination. Why is this? More...
Today's Birthday

James McCune Smith (1813)

Smith was the first African American to obtain a medical degree and operate a pharmacy in the US. Denied admission to American colleges due to racial discrimination, he studied in Scotland, obtaining a series of degrees. After returning to New York, he became the first professionally trained black physician in the country. He wrote forcefully against common misconceptions and false notions about race, science, and medicine and once used statistics to refute what argument about slaves? More...
Quotation of the Day
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have more than one string to (one's) bow

To have multiple viable options or alternatives available in the event that the current course of action, circumstance, opportunity, etc., does not work out. More...
Today's Holiday

Parashurama Jayanti (2018)

According to Hindu mythology, it was Parashurama (Rama with an Ax) who destroyed the evil Kshatriya kings and princes 21 times. His birthday, Parashurama Jayanti, is therefore observed with fasting, austerities, and prayer. It is also a day to worship Lord Vishnu, of whom Parashurama is believed to be the sixth incarnation. To Hindus, Parashurama represents filial obedience, austerity, power, and brahmanic ideals. The Malabar region on the southwest coast of India is believed to have been founded by Parashurama. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knights

on one's high horse - At one time, knights, kings, and other VIPs rode on chargers, while ladies and others rode on smaller saddle horses, begetting the phrase "on one's high horse." More...

full tilt - Meaning "full speed," it is from the encounter at full gallop of knights in a tilt (lance combat). More...

In the News

How Ancient Zombie Worms Screwed Up Valuable Fossils

A team of researchers in England has discovered how a worm with no mouth or stomach may have messed with the ocean's fossil record for millions of years... More...
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