Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

deplete

Definition:(verb) Use up (resources or materials).
Synonyms:wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume
Usage: We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. What two things are required to form a complete and logical statement? More...
Article of the Day

Snake Wine

Originating in Vietnam and found throughout Southeast Asia, snake wine is an alcoholic beverage bottled with a whole venomous snake inside. One variety is made by placing a large snake into a glass jar of rice wine, often with smaller snakes, and allowing it to steep. Consumed after the poisonous venom has been rendered inactive by the alcohol, snake wine is said to have medicinal properties and is billed as a cure for a range of ailments. Why is its import banned in many countries? More...
This Day in History

Mountainside Collapses on Town in Alberta, Canada (1903)

Before dawn on April 29, 1903, millions of tons of limestone tumbled from the face of Alberta's Turtle Mountain onto the valley below, burying several buildings on the outskirts of the coal mining town of Frank. Though dozens were killed, only a handful of bodies were recovered from the debris. Scientists believe the slide was caused by a number of factors and speculate that another slide will likely occur. What legends about the slide arose in its aftermath and continue to persist today? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, AKA Tammi Terrell (1945)

In his rise to fame, Motown legend Marvin Gaye paired with a number of female vocalists. Among them was the young Tammi Terrell, with whom Gaye recorded several hit duets, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." During a 1967 performance, Terrell collapsed on stage and was discovered to have a brain tumor. Despite several operations, Terrell died at the age of 24, and Gaye took a lengthy hiatus from performing. Whose vocals were rumored to have replaced Terrell's on her final album with Gaye? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Ridvan (2021)

The Feast of Ridvan is a Baha'i celebration to commemorate a 12-day period in 1863 when the Baha'i founder, Baha'u'llah (which means "Glory of God"), made the declaration that he was God's messenger for this age. When he made his declaration, Baha'u'llah was staying outside Baghdad, Iraq, at a garden he called Ridvan, meaning "Paradise." The first, ninth, and 12th days of the period (April 21, 29, and May 2, respectively) are holy days when work is suspended. The celebration starts at sunset, April 20, the eve of Ridvan. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: signature

allograph - A signature or writing done for another person. More...

moniker - Originally meant a mark left by a tramp on a building or fence to indicate he/she had been there; therefore, a tramp's moniker identified him/her like a signature. More...

signature block - The typed or printed name and title of a person appearing below a signature at the bottom of a letter, e-mail, etc. More...

paraph - As a verb, to divide into paragraphs; the noun can mean a flourish made after a signature, especially to make it unique. More...

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