Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 18, 2019)
Word of the Day

cogwheel

Definition:(noun) A toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion.
Synonyms:gear
Usage: Wheels began to revolve faster and faster, levers and cogwheels to work, chimes to play, figures to pop out, and the hands to advance with regular motion.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more words, phrases, or independent clauses. There are seven coordinating conjunctions in English, which can be remembered using what acronym? More...
Article of the Day

Qanats

Known by many names throughout the Middle East and North Africa, qanats are water management systems used to provide water to human settlements and for irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts that tap into subterranean water and are connected by a gently sloping tunnel. Since the destination is lower than the source, the water drains into it by gravity. How were qanats used in ancient times to store ice in the desert? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Court Rules to Release Ezra Pound from Mental Hospital (1958)

An influential American poet and literary critic, Pound spent most of his life in Europe. At the end of WWII, he was arrested for treason by the US for making public broadcasts in Italy supporting anti-Semitism and Fascism. Judged insane, he was committed to a hospital in Washington, DC, until Ernest Hemingway and other friends secured his release 12 years later. In the early weeks of his incarceration, he began showing signs of a mental breakdown, possibly as a result of being locked in what? More...
Today's Birthday

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882)

Stokowski was a legendary British-American conductor whose strong advocacy of new music helped to broaden American musical taste. He conducted and toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than two decades, transforming it into a world-class ensemble and creating the lush "Philadelphia sound." He made three films, including Walt Disney's Fantasia, in which he also appeared. What made the "Philadelphia sound" so unique? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) blood on (one's) head

To be the cause of (someone's) death; to bear the guilt or responsibility of (someone's) death or injury. More...
Today's Holiday

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (2020)

More than 2,000 Japanese Americans and performers from Japan participate in this festival in San Francisco's Japantown that takes place over two consecutive weekends in April, based on the traditional Hanami festival in Japan. The climax of the festival is a three-hour parade from City Hall to the Japan Center at Post and Fillmore Streets. The parade includes singers and dancers, floats, Akita dogs, Taiko drummers, the Cherry Blossom Queen, and the traditional Taru Mikoshi, a portable shrine piled so high with casks of sake that it takes 100 people to carry it. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lout

bohunk - A lout—but was first a derogatory term for a Hungarian or person of east-central Europe, based on Bohemian Hungarian. More...

oafo - A hooligan or a lout. More...

lob - Comes from an old noun meaning "something pendulous." More...

lout - To treat with contempt. More...

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