Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

whimsical

Definition:(adjective) Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason.
Synonyms:capricious, impulsive
Usage: He had an offbeat, whimsical sense of humor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences' objects. These combinations, known as "prepositional verbs," allow the prepositions to act as necessary links between verbs and nouns or gerunds. What are the prepositions used in these combinations sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Parthenon

Regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece, the Parthenon is the chief temple of the Greek goddess Athena, built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens. One of the world's greatest cultural monuments, the white marble temple is considered the culmination of the Doric order of classical architecture. It features 46 outer columns and once boasted a continuous band of sculpture that encircled the structure. What caused the explosion that heavily damaged the Parthenon in 1687? 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
We are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

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

She thought the weird sensation was a stray eyelash. It was eye worms.

Abby Beckley thought her left eye was irritated because of a stray eyelash. She rubbed her eye, flushed it with water, but when the discomfort remained, she peered into the mirror. She thought she saw a piece of clear fuzz. She pinched it with her fingers and ... More...
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