Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

mannequin

Definition:(noun) A woman who wears clothes to display fashions.
Synonyms:model
Usage: She longed to become a mannequin and preened for hours before going out in public.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Superlative Degree of Adjectives

Adjectives describe a quality or characteristic of a noun or pronoun. The basic form of an adjective is sometimes known as the "positive degree." But we can also inflect an adjective to the "superlative degree." What is the superlative degree used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Greek Terracotta Figurines

Terracotta figurines were a common form of artistic and religious expression in Ancient Greece. Today, they offer invaluable insight into the everyday life of the Ancient Greeks. First used as religious offerings, the figurines could often be purchased at sanctuary entrances and represented important life events, such as giving birth. Only around the 4th century BCE did the statuettes acquire a decorative function, becoming distorted, deformed caricatures known as what? More...
This Day in History

Nevado del Ruiz Erupts in Colombia (1985)

When ash began to fall on the Colombian town of Armero, local authorities assured residents that it was safe to stay put, despite geologists' warnings to the contrary. It had been more than 140 years since the last serious eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz, known to residents as "the Sleeping Lion." That night, a lahar—a massive flow of mud and debris—swept down the side of the erupting volcano, destroying Armero. It was the worst natural disaster in Columbian history. How many people were killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 CE)

Augustine was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city that is now Annaba, Algeria. In his early 30s, he converted to Christianity, gave up his position as professor of rhetoric, became a bishop, and turned his home into a monastery. He served for more than 40 years. While he lay dying, Vandals destroyed his city but spared his library. His writings, which include Confessions and De Civitate Dei, deeply influenced Western Christianity. What now-extinct religion did he originally practice? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

in bits and pieces

In many small fragments. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini (2017)

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: madness

ire, rage, fury - Ire suggests greater intensity than anger, rage suggests loss of self-control, and fury is destructive rage verging on madness. More...

mania - Based on a Greek word meaning "madness," ultimately from an Indo-European root for "mind." More...

rage - Traces back to Latin rabia, an alteration of rabies, meaning "fury, madness." More...

woodness - Madness or insanity, from Old English wood, "out of one's mind." More...

In the News

Ancient Wolf-Size Otter Had Bizarrely Strong Bite

Six million years ago, a hundred-pound otter was on the prowl somewhere in the swampy wetlands of what’s now southwestern China. Unlike today’s playful sea otters, which use stones to smash open urchins off the Pacific coasts of North America and ... More...
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