Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

chophouse

Definition:(noun) A restaurant that specializes in steaks.
Synonyms:steakhouse
Usage: The best steak we ever ate was at a small chophouse in California.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Inflection (Accidence)

Inflection (also known as accidence or flection) is the way in which a word is changed or altered in form in order to achieve a new, specific meaning. What is declension? More...
Article of the Day

The Boy Who Sees with Sound

Most bats navigate the world and locate prey through the use of echolocation, a biological sonar process in which an animal emits a sound and then uses the resulting echoes to establish the locations and identities of nearby objects. Ben Underwood, who lost his eyes to cancer at the age of three, is one of the few people who has honed his own echolocation skills and uses the technique to determine the position, size, shape, and composition of objects near him. What sports does Underwood play? More...
This Day in History

The American Civil War Ends at Appomattox Court House (1865)

The first major engagement of the US Civil War was the First Battle of Bull Run, fought in 1861 partly on the farm of Wilmer McLean in Manassas, Virginia. A few years later, McLean moved to Appomattox Court House, a town which, coincidentally, would soon be the site of the war's effective end. It was there that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in McLean's parlor. Why did Grant stop Union troops when they began to celebrate the victory? More...
Today's Birthday

Jørn Utzon (1918)

Utzon was a Danish architect who, in 1957, won a competition to design Australia's Sydney Opera House, which was completed in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. Utzon is only the second architect in history to see his work assigned this status during his lifetime. In 1966, after designing the opera house's distinctive roof—a series of glittering white shell-shaped vaults—and spending nearly a decade on the project, Utzon was forced to resign mid-project. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have its/(one's) day

To be at the height of or experience success or prosperity. More...
Today's Holiday

Appomattox Day (2018)

The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, when Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union army accepted the surrender of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy. The most widespread celebration of Appomattox Day took place in 1965 during the Civil War centennial year. The day was noted across the country with costumed pageants, books and articles reflecting on the war, and concerts of martial music. Although the anniversary is not observed on a yearly basis, reenactments of the historic surrender are held periodically. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: witch

troll - Originally a witch or sorceress. More...

fly-by-night - Said to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch, and was extended to "anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity," especially while owing money. More...

hag - First meant "witch." More...

witch - In Old English, it was actually wicca and originally (c. 890) was a man who practiced magic or sorcery, who we now call a wizard; by the year 1000, witch came to be defined as "a female magician or sorceress." More...

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