Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

cultivable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being farmed productively.
Synonyms:arable, tillable
Usage: Though she had inherited a large farm, it was practically worthless because of the lack of cultivable land.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

The Hand Cannon

The hand cannon, which dates back to the late 13th century, was the first handheld portable firearm. The origin of the weapon is widely disputed, and a number of groups, including the Arabs, Chinese, Mongols, and Europeans, claim credit for its invention. Though the hand cannon lacked accuracy and was fairly unwieldy, its armor-penetrating capabilities eventually brought the simple weapon to the forefront of European warfare. How were hand cannons fired? More...
This Day in History

Santiago, Chile, Founded (1541)

Santiago is the capital and the largest city of Chile. Just months after it was founded on the banks of the Mapocho River by Spanish conquistadors, the settlement was nearly wiped out by the indigenous Mapuche peoples. Today, it is one of the largest cities in South America, having survived the 1647 earthquake that leveled the city, frequent flooding from the Mapocho, and a number of other calamities. What meteorological phenomenon traps smog in the city? More...
Today's Birthday

William Roscoe Estep (1920)

Estep was an American Baptist historian, author, and professor of church history. He was considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Anabaptist movement, a Christian sect that rejects infant baptism and practices the ritual of believer's baptism only after a person has made a declaration of faith. Estep wrote numerous works, including books on subjects such as Baptist and Anabaptist history, religious liberty, and world missions. At what theological seminary did he teach? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Perth International Arts Festival (2020)

Originally designed as a program of cultural entertainment for students attending evening and summer classes at the University of Western Australia, the Perth International Arts Festival has grown into one of Australia's major arts festivals. It offers drama, dance, music, opera, films, art exhibits, children's programs, and even sporting events at locations throughout the city. The month-long festival also features open-air folk music concerts and dancing, street theater, parades, improvisations, and other dramatic performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pole

boom - From Dutch, originally a long beam or pole. More...

pogo stick - Came onto the scene around 1921, but is of uncertain etymology, possibly from "pole" and "go." More...

pole position - Refers to pole as the term for the inside fence on a racecourse. More...

trolley pole - The pole sticking up from a bumper car. More...

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