Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

husbandman

Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Synonyms:farmer, granger, sodbuster
Usage: The husbandman will not make his own plough or mattock, or other implements of agriculture, if they are to be good for anything.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, we simply use the words "most" or "least" to make the superlative degree. What words are added to adverbs ending in "-ly" to create the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

Escape from Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III was a German prisoner-of-war camp in Poland during WWII that at one time housed some 10,000 allied airmen. It is best known for the 1944 tunneling escape immortalized in the book and film The Great Escape, which recount the true story of a group of prisoners who dug three escape shafts using ventilation ducts, air pumps, electric lights, and even a rail car system to move the dirt. How many of the 76 men who emerged from the one finished tunnel ultimately reached safety? More...
This Day in History

US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (1945)

After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the Allied forces focused on ending the war in the Pacific. Japan refused to surrender, dismissing the Allies' vows to devastate the country. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the first ever dropped on a populated area. At least 130,000 people were killed, injured, or declared missing, and 90 percent of the city was leveled by the blast. Another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. When did Japan surrender? More...
Today's Birthday

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848)

Born into slavery, Taylor was secretly—and illegally—educated during her childhood. As a young woman, she served as a Union army nurse during the American Civil War. She became the first African American to openly teach former slaves in Georgia and the first African-American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers. How did she end up with Union troops in the first place? More...
Quotation of the Day
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) other half

One's spouse, romantic partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

British Columbia Day (2018)

British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, joins several other communities in holding a civil holiday on the first Monday in August. For local residents, this day honors the pioneers who established the colony of British Columbia in the 19th century. There are a number of events that take place in the province's capital, Victoria, but the most popular is the "Symphony Splash," an annual performance of modern and classical music by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Held on a barge on the city's Inner Harbor, the concert draws thousands of tourists and locals. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vigor

vim, vigor - Vim is the same as vigor. More...

bouncing - In bouncing baby, it means "vigorous." More...

feckful - Means "efficient, vigorous," or "powerful." More...

macho, machismo - Macho is from Mexican Spanish, meaning "male animal or plant" or "masculine, vigorous"—from Latin masculus, "male"; machismo (pronounced mah-CHEEZ-mo) is based on macho. More...

In the News

Scientists Have Just Seen Birds Sleep during Flight for the First Time Ever

Scientists have been able to observe birds falling asleep mid-flight for the first time - an ability that's long been suspected but never been proven. But even though researchers had thought this might be the case, the new research shows that the way ... More...
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