Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

necropolis

Definition:(noun) A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
Synonyms:cemetery, burial ground, graveyard, memorial park
Usage: A guardian in a braided cap walked listlessly through the room like a ghost stalking through a necropolis.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Pronouns

Pronouns are words that are used in place of nouns in a sentence. The noun being replaced is known as the antecedent of the pronoun. Pronouns can be the subject of a sentence or clause, the object of a verb, or they can follow linking verbs to rename or re-identify the subject, which is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

The Mechanical Turk

In 1770, Wolfgang von Kempelen unveiled his Mechanical Turk, a chess-playing automaton. Dressed in a cloak and turban and seated behind a chessboard, the mannequin played chess and executed complex mathematical puzzles. The Turk performed before numerous world leaders before it was revealed to be a hoax; the cabinet beneath the chessboard, which housed the internal mechanism, actually hid a chess master who secretly operated the machine. Which French Emperor was defeated by von Kempelen's Turk? More...
This Day in History

Creation of the World, According to Archbishop James Ussher (4004 BCE)

For centuries, Christian scholars have tried to deduce the precise date of creation, using Biblical sources to help guide them. One such scholar, 17th-century Irish archbishop James Ussher, devised a system of dates that sets the creation of the world at 4004 BCE. Ussher's chronology rests upon the beliefs that creation began in autumn—the season that marks the start of the year according to the Jewish lunisolar calendar—near the autumnal equinox and that creation began on what day of the week? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heisman (1869)

Memorialized after his death by the trophy that bears his name, Heisman was an American collegiate football coach and one of the game's greatest innovators. He was responsible for legalizing the forward pass in 1906, and he originated the center snap and the "hike" count signals of the quarterback in starting play. He coached at several colleges between 1892 and 1927, compiling a record of 185 wins, 68 losses, and 18 ties. What team did he coach to a record 222-0 victory in 1916? More...
Quotation of the Day
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

the outside world

The people, culture, ideas, or experiences beyond an enclosed, sheltered, or remote place, situation or environment. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Republic Day (2018)

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23 and originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: temper

acerbic - Often describes a sharp or biting mood, temper, tone, or wit; acerbity is normally a bit less sharp than sarcasm. More...

tirret - An outburst of temper. More...

mansuetude - Tameness or sweetness of temper. More...

tamper - First meant "to work in clay" or "temper in clay." More...

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