Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 22, 2019)
Word of the Day

thermal

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or associated with heat.
Synonyms:caloric
Usage: The scientists had not anticipated such extreme thermal conditions and were forced to delay the experiment indefinitely.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Em Dashes with Missing Text

Occasionally, dashes can be used to represent words or parts of words that are omitted from a sentence. These can be intentional omissions, as for censorship purposes, or because the missing text is unknown. If only a part of a word is missing, how many em dashes in a row are used to indicate the missing letters? More...
Article of the Day

The Lion Dance

The lion dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in an elaborately decorated lion costume. Originally performed as entertainment or as part of a ceremony to disperse evil spirits and bring good luck, the dance is often performed today during cultural celebrations and incorporates movements found in most Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is often mistaken for the dragon dance. What is the difference between the two dances? More...
This Day in History

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Reopens (1989)

The only remaining town gate of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was modeled after the propylaeum of the Athenian Acropolis. Originally topped with the "Quadriga of Victory," a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses, it was heavily damaged in World War II but was later restored. In 1961, the Berlin Wall blocked access to it for both eastern and western Germans, but it was reopened in 1989 with the reunification of East and West Berlin. The gate was the backdrop for what historic speeches? More...
Today's Birthday

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887)

Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician. Extremely poor, he was largely self-taught from age 15. In 1913, he began a correspondence with English mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that took him to England, where he made advances, especially in the theory of numbers, the partition of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions. He died of tuberculosis at age 32, generally unknown but recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius. What anecdote exists about Ramanujan and the number 1,729? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

go the way of the dinosaur(s)

To become extinct, obsolete, old-fashioned, or no longer in common use. More...
Today's Holiday

Capac Raymi (2019)

The Capac Raymi was an Inca festival observed around the time of the December Solstice (the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere). The Inca Empire flourished in the Andean regions of South America, including Peru, Ecuador and the northern parts of Chile and Argentina during the 15th and 16th centuries, until the Spanish arrived in 1531. The Capac Raymi served as an initiation ceremony for the young men of the ruling class. When the solstice arrived, the boys' ears were pierced in order to insert the large ear spools worn by Inca royalty. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

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