Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

animus

Definition:(noun) A feeling of ill will arousing active hostility.
Synonyms:bad blood, animosity
Usage: Dorothea had observed the animus with which Will's part in the painful story had been recalled more than once.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved. Because adverbs of place are specific to actions of verbs, they cannot be used to modify adverbs or adjectives—with one exception. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

Galen Clark

In 1853, after being told by doctors that he had just six months to live, Galen Clark moved to Yosemite National Park. There, he defied medical expectations and lived for another 57 years. During this time, he discovered the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees and dedicated himself to exploring the park and teaching others about the massive trees. His passion for the area earned him his reputation as guardian of the park and led to the passing of the Yosemite Grant, which ensures what? More...
This Day in History

Great Lakes Storm Reaches Peak Ferocity (1913)

The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes region, the "Big Blow," "Freshwater Fury," or "White Hurricane," as it is variously known, was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that battered parts of the US and Canada for several days in November 1913. Approximately 250 people died in the violent storm—all of them sailors who perished when their ships were wrecked or sunk on the lakes. How tall were the swells that vessels had to contend with during the storm? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Banneker (1731)

Banneker was a free African American who was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics. In 1761, he drew attention by building a wooden clock that kept precise time for some 50 years. He accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 1789 and began publishing annually the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris, sending an early copy to Thomas Jefferson to counter the belief that African Americans were intellectually inferior. How did Jefferson respond? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fiddle, n.: An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

sleeping policeman

slang A bump, ramp, or hump in the road that is intended to cause cars to reduce their speed, especially in residential areas. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights (2018)

A premier light show in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Winter Festival of Lights started in 1985 and is now considered a rival of the light show at Niagara Falls. More than a million people visit each year to see two million lights on the downtown Victorian buildings, with architectural and landscape lighting designed by world-famous lighting designers. Some 300 acres of the city's Oglebay Park are covered with animated light displays that depict symbols of Hanukkah and Christmas and general winter scenes. There are also nighttime parades and storefront animations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorant

ignore, ignorant - Ignore and ignorant are from Latin i-, "not," and gno-, "know." More...

nescient - Can mean "ignorant" or "agnostic," coming from Latin ne, "not," and scire, "know." More...

nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity." More...

rude - Derives from Latin rudis, "uncultivated," and first meant "uneducated, ignorant." More...

In the News

To Find Life on Mars, NASA Starts Looking in Hawaii

The search for Martian life will soon take NASA to an unexpected swath of rocky landscape – Mauna Ulu, Hawaii. The agency’s Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) mission, which is designed to test technologies for future crewed missions ... More...
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