Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

firmament

Definition:(noun) The vault or expanse of the heavens; the sky.
Synonyms:celestial sphere, empyrean, heavens, welkin
Usage: The stars shine in the endless firmament.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Clauses

Relative clauses (also known as adjective clauses or adjectival clauses) are dependent clauses that provide descriptive information about a noun or noun phrase. What introduces a relative clause? More...
Article of the Day

Szczerbiec

The sole surviving piece of the original Polish crown jewels, the Szczerbiec—or "Notched Sword"—is the ceremonial sword that was used to crown Polish kings from 1320 to 1764. Legend states that it was given by an angel to King Boleslaw, who chipped it on the gates of Kiev in 1018, yet the sword only dates to the 13th century, raising questions about the veracity of the tale. Looted by Prussian troops in 1795, the sword was not returned until 1928. Why is there a slit on its blade below the hilt? More...
This Day in History

Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California (1955)

Having welcomed more than 650 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world's most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney's original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres (3.2 hectares) near Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day's events did not go smoothly, prompting Disney to later refer to it as "Black Sunday." What went wrong? More...
Today's Birthday

Ismail I (1487)

The young Ismail I went into hiding after his father's death and emerged at age 14 to proclaim himself Shah of Iran. Despite his youth, he was able to reunify Iran and establish the Safavid Empire, which remained intact until 1736. Ismail converted Iran from the Sunni to the Shi'a sect of Islam, drawing the ire of Selim I, the Sunni sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who wrote Ismail belligerent letters before invading Iran. Ismail was also a prolific poet who wrote under what pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

wake up on the wrong side of (the) bed

To be in a particularly and persistently irritable, unhappy, or grouchy mood or state, especially when it is not in line with one's normal disposition. More...
Today's Holiday

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (2022)

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics is a gathering in Fairbanks, Alaska, of Native people from throughout the state and Canada to participate in three days of games of strength and endurance. Events include the popular blanket toss, which originated in whaling communities as a method of tossing a hunter high enough to sight far-off whales. Also on the program are a sewing competition, a seal-skinning contest, Native dancing, and such events as the knuckle-hop contest, in which contestants get on all fours and hop on their knuckles. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ships

nauscopy - The ability to sight land or ships at a distance. More...

spring a leak - First referred to ships, describing the way the timbers sprang out of position and let in water. More...

square meal - May derive from the square platters used for serving meals on ships. More...

longshoremen - When sailors passed goods from the ships to men along the shore, those men came to be called longshoremen. More...

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