Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

kinetic

Definition:(adjective) Supplying motive force.
Synonyms:energizing
Usage: The bustling market was the kinetic center of the city, and all movement seemed to radiate outward from it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Difference between Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

English verbs are split into two major categories depending on how they function in a sentence: transitive and intransitive. Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence. How many objects do intransitive verbs take? More...
Article of the Day

The Tame Silver Fox

Tame silver foxes are the result of about 50 years of Russian experiments to domesticate the silver morph of the red fox. Scientist Dmitri Belyaev began the project to test his theory that the key to domestication is behavior—not size or reproduction—and did so by breeding the least aggressive foxes in each generation. The resulting tame foxes possess a temperament that differs fundamentally from that of their wild forebears. Interestingly, the breeding also resulted in what physical changes? More...
This Day in History

The Beer Hall Putsch (1923)

Years before Adolf Hitler rose to power, he led an unsuccessful insurrection against the Weimar Republic. It began when he and his men stormed a right-wing political meeting in a Munich beer hall and coerced its leaders to join in his "revolution." The next day, some 3,000 Nazis marched in Munich. When police responded with deadly force, the putsch was abandoned. Hitler's treason earned him a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served only 8 months. How did he pass the time while incarcerated? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Rorschach (1884)

Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist, devised his eponymous inkblot test to gauge the perceptions, intelligence, and emotional traits of his patients and used it to gather data for his 1921 book Psychodiagnostics. Based on the idea that people project their unconscious thoughts onto stimuli, the controversial test requires an individual to look at a series of inkblots one at a time and report what he or she sees in each of them. What was Rorschach's surprisingly prescient childhood nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2018)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shop

chippy - A shop that sells fish and chips can be called a chippy. More...

odditorium - A shop for oddities or oddments (broken parts or parts of once-complete sets). More...

shop, store - At first, shop designated a small retail establishment and store was applied only to a large establishment; now the differences are blurred. More...

stationer - A bookseller who had a regular "station" or shop at a university, unlike most booksellers, who were itinerant vendors. More...

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