Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

sulfurous

Definition:(adjective) Harsh or corrosive in tone.
Synonyms:acid, blistering, caustic, vitriolic, acrid, acerbic, bitter, virulent
Usage: Her sulfurous denunciation of the governor was aired on the news that evening.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ditransitive Verbs

"Ditransitive verbs" take two objects: a direct object and an indirect object. The direct object relates to the person or thing that directly receives the action of the verb, while the indirect object relates to the person or thing that indirectly receives or benefits from the action as a result. Where does an indirect object appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Arborsculpture

Arborsculpture is the art and technique of growing and shaping trees or woody plants into ornamental or functional shapes by grafting, bending, and pruning their trunks and branches in specific ways. Depending on the size of the starter material, the plant's rate of growth, and the complexity of the design, which can range from an abstract pattern to a piece of furniture, such projects can take as little as a year or as long as a decade or more to complete. How are bridges formed in this way? More...
This Day in History

General George Washington Crosses the Delaware in a Surprise Attack (1776)

By December 1776, the morale of American colonists fighting in the Revolution had been severely weakened by a string of losses to the better-equipped British. On Christmas Day, Washington crossed the partially-frozen Delaware River with thousands of troops, overnight and during an ice storm, to surprise and overwhelm Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. There were few casualties, and the bold move restored hope of an American victory. What secret phrase signaled the start of the crossing? More...
Today's Birthday

Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887)

As a boy, Hilton helped his father turn the family's home into an inn for traveling salesmen. After serving in World War I, he began to buy hotels in Texas and soon graduated to such grand establishments as Chicago's Palmer House and the Waldorf-Astoria of New York. By the late 1940s, Hilton's company had expanded overseas. At the time of his death in 1979, Hilton controlled the world's largest hotel company. What did Hilton's mother tell him was the best investment he would ever make? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

like there were no tomorrow

Very rapidly and eagerly; without restraint or thought (i.e., as if there won't be another opportunity, so one must do something as much or as quickly as possible). More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (South Africa) (2017)

Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a summer holiday. The tinsel and evergreen boughs that decorate homes, churches, parks, and shopping malls offer a stark contrast to the weather. But Christmas traditions persist: children hang up their stockings in anticipation of the arrival of Father Christmas, carolers sing by candlelight on Christmas Eve, and Christmas pageants are performed. For South Africans Christmas is a day for feasting and exchanging gifts. It marks the culmination of a Carnival-like week of singing, dancing, and eating. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hurt

aposiopesis - Stopping in the middle of a statement upon realizing that someone's feelings are hurt or about to be hurt; when a sentence trails off or falls silent, that is an aposiopesis. More...

innocent - From Latin in-, "free from," and nocere, "hurt, injure." More...

innocuous - "Harmless, not hurtful," from Latin in-, "not," and nocere, "to hurt." More...

collide - Its Latin base is laedere, "hurt by striking." More...

In the News

Primitive fossil bear with a sweet tooth identified from Canada's High Arctic

Researchers from the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have identified remains of a 3.5-million-year-old bear from a fossil-rich site in Canada's High Arctic. Their study shows not only that the animal is a close ... More...
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