Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

meanly

Definition:(adverb) In a miserly manner.
Synonyms:humbly
Usage: They lived meanly and without ostentation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Restrictive Appositives

Appositives that are necessary for the sentence's meaning are known as "restrictive appositives." What type of noun often acts as a restrictive appositive? More...
Article of the Day

The Pyramid of the Magician

The central structure in the ancient Mayan complex of Uxmal, Mexico, the Pyramid of the Magician is a step pyramid that was begun in the 6th century and expanded over the next 400 years. At the time, new temple pyramids were commonly built atop older ones, and this pyramid is the result of five nested temples. With its rounded sides, considerable height, steep slope, and elliptical base, the structure represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. How did it get its mysterious name? More...
This Day in History

Siad Barre Leads Coup to Become President of Somalia (1969)

Following the assassination of Somalia's president in 1969, a military coup installed Major General Mohamed Siad Barre as leader. His dictatorial administration was marked by human rights abuses and civil strife. Though he sought to end pervasive clan loyalties, warfare among rival factions intensified. In 1991, he was ousted. The country plunged into a civil war and has had no effective central government since. How did Siad Barre's regime terrorize the Majeerteen clan in particular? More...
Today's Birthday

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917)

Considered one of the main innovators of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. His virtuosity and comic wit—in addition to his trademark puffed cheeks and 45-degree upturned trumpet bell—made him one of the most charismatic and influential musicians in jazz. Gillespie was once struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Though he was injured only slightly, a jury awarded him $1,000 because he could no longer do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

the lion's den

A particularly dangerous, hostile, or oppressive place or situation, especially due to an angry or sinister person or group of people within it. More...
Today's Holiday

Bridge Day (2017)

Bridge Day is both a celebration of the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and a day of bliss for daredevils. The bridge, completed in 1977, is the world's longest steel-arch span and is the second highest bridge in the nation. Its arch span is 1,700 feet, with a rise of 360 feet, putting it 876 feet above the New River Gorge National River. On Bridge Day, celebrated since 1980, parachutists jump from the bridge onto the river's banks below. The less bold walk over the bridge. About 200 vendors offer food, crafts, and souvenirs for sale. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: helmet

crest - From Latin crista, "plume, tuft," it first referred to the erect feathers of a plume on a helmet or headdress. More...

panache - Can be a tuft or plume of feathers on a headdress or helmet. More...

coif, coiffure, coiffeur - Coif, coiffure, and coiffeur (hairdo, hairstyle) derive from Latin cofia, "helmet." More...

galeated - Means "shaped like a helmet" or "wearing a helmet." More...

In the News

Squirrels Gone Wild: Their Quirky Behaviors Explained

At this very moment, squirrels throughout the northern hemisphere are busy getting fat and fluffy for the winter. But these industrious animals do more than gorge themselves. Their social structures, memories, and critical thinking skills are complex, yet seeing a ... More...
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