Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

fecund

Definition:(adjective) Marked by intellectual productivity.
Synonyms:prolific, fertile
Usage: He had a fecund imagination and wrote four novels in two years.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensifiers vs. Mitigators

Intensifiers are the opposite of mitigators, which are used to decrease the intensity of the words they modify. What is the mitigator in the following sentence? "After eating dinner, everyone in the room was a little bit full." More...
Article of the Day

Towers of Silence

According to Zoroastrian tradition, a dead body is unclean and must be disposed of in a safe manner. To prevent the pollution of earth or fire, dead bodies are placed atop a tower, where they are exposed to the sun and birds of prey. The towers are circular raised structures with nearly flat roofs that are divided into three concentric rings; one ring is designated for the bodies of men, one for women, and one for children. Who coined the term "tower of silence"? More...
This Day in History

The Bath School Bombing (1927)

Over the course of several months leading up to May 18, 1927, disgruntled school board member Andrew Kehoe hid hundreds of pounds of explosives inside the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. That day, after destroying his farm—which was slated for foreclosure—he detonated the explosives inside the school and set off a bomb in his vehicle. The massacre is considered the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in US history. How many people were killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Russell Capra (1897)

One of the preeminent Hollywood directors of the 1930s and 40s, Capra produced idealistic populist movies that celebrate the virtues of the common American. At age six, the Sicilian-born future director immigrated with his family to the US. After holding various jobs in the film industry, he emerged as a major director in 1928. Within years, he had won his first Oscar. Which of his films is now considered one of the best American films ever made—despite having initially been a box office flop? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

(there's) no comparison

This person or thing is clearly and inarguably better than any other. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Flag and University Day (2018)

National unity is a primary theme of Flag and University Day in Haiti, an independence celebration and an occasion to recognize the country's educational system. Flag Day became an annual celebration shortly after Catherine Flon sewed the first red and blue flag in 1803, a year before Haiti won its independence from France. The government incorporated University Day as part of the celebration in 1919. Haitians wave flags throughout the day's parades and fairs, which take place throughout Haiti as well as in New York and Miami, two cities with large Haitian communities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slaughter

fatstock - Livestock fattened for slaughter. More...

massacre - Comes from Latin mazacrium/masacrium, "slaughter." More...

slaughter - From Old Norse, meaning "butcher's meat." More...

homicide, murder, manslaughter - The general term for the killing of a person by another is homicide; murder is either the intentional killing or the malicious killing of another, while manslaughter is the unintentional, accidental killing of another through carelessness. More...

In the News

Children's Brains "Light Up" at Sound of Mom's Voice

A mother's voice may do far more than soothe her child, new research suggests. When moms spoke, several areas of their children's brains were activated, the researchers reported. These included regions involved in emotion and reward processing, social ... More...
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