Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

cogitation

Definition:(noun) Thoughtful consideration; meditation.
Synonyms:study
Usage: After much cogitation he rejected the offer, deciding instead to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Write Compound Nouns

Writing compound nouns is a bit complicated due to the fact that they can take three different forms. What are "closed compound nouns"? More...
Article of the Day

Domes

Common structural elements in buildings around the globe, domes were first constructed atop primitive huts using sticks and mud. Their full architectural potential was not realized, however, until the 6th-century Byzantine architects of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia perfected the use of pendentives—triangular sections of vaulting that form the transition between circular domes and their polygonal supporting structures. Not all domes are perfectly circular. When was the first oval dome built? More...
This Day in History

The Grito de Dolores: Battle Cry of Mexican War of Independence (1810)

The revolutionary movements in the US and France did not go unnoticed in Mexico, which had been subjugated by Spain centuries earlier. When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808, many Mexicans saw an opportunity to claim their own freedom. In 1810, revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla launched the Mexican War of Independence with his Grito de Dolores—"Cry of Dolores"—a call to freedom that roused the peasants to action and became their battle cry. How is the event commemorated today? More...
Today's Birthday

Louise Arner Boyd (1887)

Boyd was an American explorer of Greenland and the Arctic and the first woman to fly over the North Pole. After the deaths of her parents and brothers, she inherited the family fortune and chartered the ship of famed explorer Roald Amundsen for a trip to the Arctic. She gained notoriety for hunting polar bears and was called "The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic." She later canceled another expedition, stating, "How could I go on a pleasure trip when those 22 lives were at stake?" What had happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

rags-to-riches

adjective (used before a noun) Characterized by a rise from poverty to great or exceptional wealth. More...
Today's Holiday

Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days (2018)

This international lumberjack event attracts loggers from throughout the world to little Orofino, Idaho. Lumbering is a major part of Orofino's economy; Lumberjack Days began in the early 1940s as a local contest and kept growing. The events begin on Thursday, a children's parade is held on Friday, and the lumberjack events come on the weekend. The logging competitions include log birling, ax throwing, chopping, chain-saw events, a speed pole climb, jack-and-jill sawing, and a skidding, or weight-pulling, contest. The cash prizes total more than $30,000 and attendance is about 6,000. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: smoking

stogie, stogy - A stogie (or stogy) is named for the Conestoga wagon—as drivers of the wagons rolled tobacco into thin ropes for smoking on long trips; stogies are now long, thin cigars. More...

cigar - Comes from Spanish cigarro, from the Mayan verb sik'ar, "to smoke" or "smoking." More...

dottle - Any tobacco left in a pipe after smoking. More...

pipe dream - Originated with opium smoking. More...

In the News

New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust

NASA scientists have found evidence that Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet's interior structure and evolution. A lower density likely means that at least part of Mars' crust is ... More...
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