Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

excursive

Definition:(adjective) Of, given to, characterized by, or having the nature of digression.
Synonyms:rambling, digressive, discursive
Usage: What started as a few excursive remarks soon turned into a long, rambling speech about this and that.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives

Adjectives are used almost exclusively to modify nouns, as well as any phrase or part of speech functioning as a noun. Some adjectives appear directly before (or sometimes directly after) the noun or pronoun they modify. What are these called? More...
Article of the Day

Meerkat Mobs

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that inhabit the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. They are highly social creatures and live in groups called "mobs," "gangs," or "clans,” which have a dominant breeding pair and up to 23 helpers to assist with rearing the young. Mob members regularly groom each other, and some even babysit or stand guard while others forage for food. They have also been known to engage in what playful social activities? More...
This Day in History

The Securitas Depot Robbery (2006)

In an elaborate heist that took place over the course of several hours, the manager of the Securitas bank depot in Kent, England, was abducted along with his family and forced by a gang of masked, armed men to help steal approximately £53 million. In the process, 14 other staff members at the depot were held captive. It was the largest robbery in British history, and dozens of people would eventually be arrested in connection with it. What had previously been the UK's largest cash robbery? More...
Today's Birthday

Ladislaus the Posthumous (1440)

Born four months after the death of his father, Albert II of Hapsburg, Ladislaus spent much of his childhood under the control of his powerful guardians, who refused to surrender the boy to his rightful place as king of Bohemia and Hungary. Though he was finally crowned king of Bohemia at age 13, he was unable to gain control of his realms before dying, probably of poisoning, just four years later. His coronation as king of Hungary when he was a baby was made possible by what daring theft? More...
Quotation of the Day
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

lucky devil

Someone who has just experienced particularly good fortune, generally of whom the speaker is envious to some degree. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2018)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sphere

great circle - Any circle on the surface of a sphere that lies on a plane through its center, or a circle that divides into two equal parts—as the Equator. More...

quadrant - A quarter of a circle or sphere. More...

rhumb line - A line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction. More...

diameter - From Greek, meaning "measure through" (a circle or sphere, etc.). More...

In the News

India's Only Volcano on Barren Island Active Again

India's National Institute of Oceanography said the volcano on the uninhabited Barren Island is once again active after scientists witnessed lava and rising smoke. The scientists, led by Dr. Abhay V. Mudholkar from the Council of Scientific and Industrial ... More...
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