Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

bequeath

Definition:(verb) Leave or give by will after one's death.
Synonyms:will, leave
Usage: He bequeathed all his silver to his children.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Proclitics

When we form contractions, we almost always omit one or more letters from the second (or occasionally third) word. There are a few instances, though, in which the first word used in a contraction has one or more letters replaced by an apostrophe. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

Flood Myths

The story of a great flood sent by a deity to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution appears in many ancient cultural traditions. Though it is best known in the modern Western world through the Biblical story of Noah's ark, other versions, such as stories of Matsya in the Hindu Puranas, Deucalion in Greek mythology, and Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh, are also well known. What do scientists believe accounts for the flood myth's prevalence in so many cultures? More...
This Day in History

First Video Uploaded to YouTube (2005)

One of the most well-known examples of meteoric success on the Internet, the highly popular video sharing website YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The next year, it was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion. Within a few years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes of videos were being streamed from the site each month from myriad sources, amateur and professional alike. However, it all started with a single video, uploaded in April 2005, titled what? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen A. Douglas (1813)

Short and heavyset, Douglas was dubbed "the Little Giant" for his oratorical skill. In 1858, he engaged in a number of widely publicized debates with Abraham Lincoln in a close contest for the Senate seat in Illinois. The Democrats nominated Douglas for president in 1860, but a splinter group of Southerners chose a different nominee, which divided the Democratic vote and gave the presidency to Lincoln. What extraordinary gesture was Douglas said to have offered at Lincoln's inauguration in 1861? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

mouth-breathing

(used before a noun) Dimwitted, foolish, or stupid; of low or stunted intelligence. More...
Today's Holiday

Moors and Christians Fiesta (2018)

Moors and Christians fiestas are celebrated all over Spain, but the Fiesta of Alcoy is one of the most colorful. Coinciding with the feast day of St. George, it commemorates the victory of Christians over the Moorish leader al-Azraq in 1276. The fiesta begins on the morning of April 22 with the entry of the Christians; the Moors arrive in the afternoon, dressed in Oriental costumes. On April 23, the relic of St. George is carried in procession to the parish church. On the third day, the battle is reenacted, and an apparition of St. George appears on the battlements of the castle. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: possession

have - Coming through Proto-Germanic khaben, it was from Indo-European kap-, meaning "possession." More...

jouisance - Also spelled jouissance, it is another word for "enjoyment" or "possession or use of something." More...

tenement - First meant "holding as a possession." More...

white elephant - The name of this animal, which has an enormous appetite, has come to mean "useless, expensive possession"—or a possession that is more trouble than it is worth. More...

In the News

The Sun's Lost Siblings Could Be Found in Unprecedented 'DNA' Survey of 1 Million Stars - Newsweek

An international team of astronomers has revealed the chemical composition of 350,000 stars in the Milky Way as part of an unprecedented sky-scanning project which could reveal the Sun's lost siblings. This is the first major data release from the ... More...
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