Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

cicatrix

Definition:(noun) A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
Synonyms:scar
Usage: It was clear from the cicatrix on his back that he had been punished at one time, but, whether as a slave or as a thief, we could not tell.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Clauses

An adverbial clause, or adverb clause, is a group of words behaving as an adverb. What is used to connect an adverbial clause to the main clause in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Song Dynasty

The first government in history to issue paper money, the Song dynasty was the ruling dynasty in China between 960 and 1279. A culturally rich period for the arts, philosophy, and social life, the dynasty also bolstered naval strength and developed revolutionary new military technology—augmented by the use of gunpowder—to repel invaders. Nevertheless, the Song dynasty was conquered in 1279 by the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. What nautical tool was invented during the era? More...
This Day in History

Seven Japanese Military Leaders Executed for War Crimes (1948)

In the aftermath World War II, thousands of people in Europe and Asia were tried for war crimes. In Tokyo, US General Douglas MacArthur presided over the years-long trial of 28 high-ranking Japanese military and political leaders, all of whom were found guilty. Seven of them—including Hideki Tojo, the former prime minister of Japan—were sentenced to death. A month later, they were executed by hanging. At the execution, MacArthur defied the wishes of US President Harry S. Truman in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732)

Arkwright was a British textile industrialist whose inventions marked an integral step in the Industrial Revolution. His first spinning machine was patented in 1769, and with further innovations he was able to mechanize much of the fabric-production process. The huge cotton mills he founded helped bring about the factory system. Though Arkwright's patents were later disputed, his inventions nevertheless made him very wealthy. As a young man, Arkwright developed a dye for use in what product? More...
Quotation of the Day
The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Idiom of the Day

lightning quick

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Incredibly fast; too quick to keep up with. More...
Today's Holiday

Giant Lantern Festival (2017)

This festival is a highlight of Christmas in the Philippines. In San Fernando, Pampanga, giant lanterns of colored paper and capiz shells, some 12 feet in diameter, are lit and carried in a parade. The event attracts crowds of people from Manila and nearby provinces. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skilled

art - Comes from a base word meaning "put together"; its original general meaning referred to any kind of skill. More...

deipnosophist - If you are skilled at table talk, you are a deipnosophist. More...

kung fu - From Chinese words translating to "merit master" or "one who is highly skilled." More...

linguished - Means "skilled in languages." More...

In the News

What Makes the Seahorse So Unique?

For the first time, scientists have unraveled the genetic secrets of one of the most peculiar fish in the sea: the seahorse. An international team of researchers has fully sequenced the Southeast Asian tiger tail seahorse, named for its distinctive yellow-and-black ... More...
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