Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

monitory

Definition:(adjective) Conveying an admonition or a warning.
Synonyms:admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, warning
Usage: She shot him a monitory glance and he quickly changed the subject to one less controversial.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Creating the Subjunctive Mood

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. When we express wishes, we create the subjunctive mood by moving the main verb of the sentence one tense back in the past. To convey a wish about a situation in the present, what tense would we use? More...
Article of the Day

Madeline La Framboise

Though 19th-century women were expected to be homemakers, La Framboise engaged in the dangerous occupation of fur trading. She had great success in the territory of present-day Michigan, where she owned many trading posts with her husband. While an experienced fur trader at the time earned about $1,000 per year, La Framboise collected $5,000 to $10,000 annually. She managed the family trading business—and further expanded it while raising two children—after what happened to her husband? More...
This Day in History

World Food Day (1981)

More than 150 countries celebrate World Food Day every year on October 16, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It has been observed since 1981 with different themes each year, such as "United against Hunger" and "The Right to Food." What was the theme of the first World Food Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Oscar Wilde (1854)

Wilde was an Irish poet, novelist, and playwright who mocked social conventions and scandalized English society with his unorthodox ideas and conduct. He is best known for his sophisticated, witty plays, among them Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, about a handsome young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul. Why did Wilde spend his final years living abroad under an assumed name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

soaked to the bone

Extremely or completely wet, especially through one's clothing. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa da Luz (2018)

The two-week Festival of Light held every year in Belém, Pará State, Brazil, honors Our Lady of Nazareth. Her image is carried through the streets to the cathedral on Saturday night in a berlinda or glass enclosure set upon wheels. Behind comes the "Miracle Car"—a heavy platform inscribed with images of the miracles performed by the Virgin—carried on the shoulders of strong men who perform this service as a form of penance. The pilgrimage that accompanies the Festival of Light dates back to the year 1700. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: limit

T'ai Chi - Short for T'ai Chi Ch'uan, it is Chinese for "extreme limit" or "great supreme absolute," and constitutes the source and limit of life force. More...

In the News

Researchers invent camouflaged membrane that hides like an octopus

No other animal has mastered camouflage like the octopus. The mightiest of these morphing creatures, the mimic octopus, contorts its body into a thin ribbon and adopts the colors of a venomous sea serpent to scare predators away. Divers have seen mimic ... More...
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