Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

foretoken

Definition:(noun) An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come.
Synonyms:augury, preindication, sign
Usage: He refused to think that the rain was a foretoken of gloom for his date that night.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Nouns

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. What are adverbial nouns sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex is one of the oldest manuscripts of the Masoretic Hebrew Bible. The scribe Shlomo ben Buya'a copied the text of the Codex circa 920 CE. It was delivered to the Karaite community of Jerusalem in the 11th century but was looted and taken to Cairo, Egypt. There, it was consulted by Maimonides, the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages. Later, it was taken to Aleppo, Syria, where the community guarded it zealously for 600 years. What happened to the Codex in 1947? More...
This Day in History

Canada Adopts Maple Leaf Flag (1965)

By the 1960s, Canada had been an organized dominion for a century and an equal, autonomous partner of Britain for decades. Consequently, its British-derived flag had become the subject of intense controversy. Following the Great Flag Debate of 1964, Canada's Parliament considered several possible designs before choosing the red-and-white maple leaf flag. In what foreign conflict had the previous flag's design, which incorporated the Union Jack, caused trouble for Canadian peacekeeping forces? More...
Today's Birthday

Irena Sendler (1910)

Working with Polish resistance groups and a network of helpers, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during WWII by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, sometimes hidden in suitcases. After changing the children's names and arranging for their care, she buried records of their identities in jars, hoping to someday reunite them with their parents. Though she was arrested, tortured, and reportedly executed in 1943, she actually survived the war and lived to be 98. How did she survive the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

be a loud mouth

To have a tendency or habit of speaking incessantly, indiscreetly, and/or in a noisy, boastful manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Maine Memorial Day (2018)

The American battleship Maine exploded while sitting at anchor in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. While the question of responsibility for the explosion was never really settled, many in the U.S. assumed that the Spanish were responsible for the ship's destruction. The Spanish-American War was declared in April, and "Remember the Maine!" is the slogan that has been associated with it ever since. February 15 was observed for many years by the U.S. Navy and by Spanish-American War veterans' associations in Havana and the U.S. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tray

salver - A tray or dish on which a drink, letter, calling card, etc. is offered. More...

tray - The drawer for storing a body at a mortuary. More...

trencher - A platter or tray for serving food. More...

plateau - Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food. More...

In the News

Indian Prime Minister Opposes Temple in His Honor

Thanks to the donations of hundreds of people in Rajkot, India, a temple has been built in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—and he is reportedly "appalled" by the gesture. The temple features a seated statue of Modi and a wind gauge shaped like a lotus, the symbol of his political party. This week, however, Modi spoke out against the shrine, insisting that such worship goes against Indian tradition. Some of his followers remain undeterred and continue to worship him, while others plan to replace the Modi statue with that of a Hindu god. More...
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