Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

natation

Definition:(noun) The act or art of swimming or floating on water.
Synonyms:floating
Usage: Prolonged natation will cause the skin on your hands and feet to swell and wrinkle.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Attributive Adjectives

Attributive adjectives are adjectives that describe a characteristic (or attribute) of the noun or pronoun that they modify. They form part of a noun phrase, appearing immediately before (or sometimes after) the noun in a sentence. Why are attributive adjectives usually considered in opposition to predicative adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

The Solar Core

The Sun converts five million tons of matter into energy every second by nuclear fusion reactions in its highly compressed core, producing neutrinos—subatomic particles with extremely low mass—and solar radiation. The small amount of this energy that penetrates Earth's atmosphere provides the light and heat that support life. The temperature of the solar core is close to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius). How hot is the surface of the Sun? More...
This Day in History

The Tangiwai Rail Disaster (1953)

On December 24, 1953, an overnight express train from Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand, was crossing a rail bridge over the Whangaehu River near Tangiwai when the bridge collapsed, sending the engine and first five carriages into the river. The sixth car teetered on the edge, giving a passersby and a guard time to save passengers before it plummeted into the river. Fortunately, the last five carriages remained on the tracks. What had weakened the bridge just minutes before the train arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges-Marie Guynemer (1894)

A top French fighter ace during World War I and a national hero, Guynemer shot down 53 enemy planes and survived being shot down several times before he presumably died in a firefight on September 11, 1917. During an engagement that fateful day, Guynemer's plane disappeared, reportedly shot down by a German pilot who was himself killed in action weeks later. To ease the blow of the loss of their young hero, French schoolchildren were taught that what had happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

the end of (one's) rope

A point of utter exhaustion or exasperation; a point or state at which one has no more patience, endurance, or energy left. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas Eve Bonfires (2018)

St. James Parish, Louisiana, has a popular Cajun tradition that takes place before Christmas and dates back to the 1880s. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, local residents work together to collect materials and to construct bonfires. Then, on Christmas Eve, nearly 100 bonfires are ignited before a large crowd. Fire chiefs give a signal at 7:00 p.m., and the fire-tenders simultaneously ignite the fires. The event draws thousands of revelers to the area for the bonfires as well as a series of pageants, music performances, and cook-offs accompanying the main event. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thigh

ham, hamstring - Originally, the part of the leg behind the knee was called the ham, and then the tendon near the ham was the hamstring; by extension, the ham became the thigh and buttock together. More...

haunch - The buttock and thigh together. More...

hockshin, gambrel - The underside of the thigh is the hockshin or gambrel. More...

thigh - Etymologically, the "plump" part of the leg, from an Indo-European base meaning "swell" or "fat." More...

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