Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

transient

Definition:(adjective) Enduring a very short time.
Synonyms:ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transitory
Usage: The elderly woman was depressed and spent her days lamenting the transient beauty of youth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Clauses

Clauses are groups of words that contain both a subject and a predicate. There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses and dependent clauses. What is another name for a dependent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Shays' Rebellion

Debt-ridden farmers, struck by the economic depression that followed the American Revolution, petitioned the Massachusetts state senate to halt foreclosure of mortgages on their property and imprisonment for debt. When the senate failed to undertake these reforms, armed rebels, led by Daniel Shays and other local leaders, forcibly closed a number of debtors' courts. The rebellion, suppressed in 1787, less than a year after it began, prompted the fledgling US government to make what changes? More...
This Day in History

The Great Storm of 1703: First Eddystone Lighthouse Is Destroyed (1703)

For five years, the Eddystone Lighthouse guided mariners safely past the treacherous Eddystone Rocks off the southwestern coast of the UK. Then, a catastrophic hurricane struck. The Great Storm claimed hundreds of ships, thousands of lives, and the Eddystone Lighthouse—along with its builder, Henry Winstanley, who was inside at the time. Fire destroyed the second lighthouse on the site, and erosion led to the dismantling of the third. How did operators mark the 100th anniversary of the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Bruce Lee (1940)

A cultural icon, Lee was one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee, whose father was a leading actor, appeared in Hong Kong films as a child and went on to star in action movies that sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. He constantly trained to improve his physique but was also a philosopher. He collapsed while working on his final film, the cult hit Enter the Dragon, and died a short time later. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

take ill

To be or become sick or unwell. More...
Today's Holiday

Native American Heritage Month (2018)

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916; since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mirror

cheval glass - A tall mirror swung on an upright frame that takes its name from French cheval, "horse"—a synonym for "supporting framework," which describes this mirror. More...

catoptric - Means pertaining to a mirror, reflection, or reflector. More...

mirage - From French se mirer, "be reflected," from Latin mirare, "look at"—the same root used in mirror. More...

heliography - Using a mirror to send a signal. More...

In the News

Strange but True: Dark Matter Grows "Hair" around Stars and Planets

If you understand how stars, gas, dust, plasma, and all other “normal” matter works — all the material made out of protons, neutrons, and electrons — you can figure out how much normal matter there is in each structure you look at, including solar ... More...
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