Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

detriment

Definition:(noun) A damage or loss.
Synonyms:hurt
Usage: Her employers were understanding, and she was able to take a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complements

Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. What are the five main categories of complements? More...
Article of the Day

Piña Coladas

The Piña Colada is a sweet cocktail made of rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice blended with crushed ice and typically garnished with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry. Its name means "strained pineapple" in Spanish. Several bartenders claim ownership of the drink, which was created in Puerto Rico and has been the country's official beverage since 1978. There are many variations on the cocktail, such as the coconut-free "Staten Island Ferry,” and the "Lava Flow," which contains what? More...
This Day in History

Rome Crushes Carthage at the Battle of the Aegates Islands (241 BCE)

The Roman navy's decisive victory over the Carthaginians at the Battle of the Aegates Islands brought about the end of the decades-long First Punic War. The Carthaginian fleet involved in the battle had come to deliver supplies to besieged forces in Sicily. Overloaded with provisions, the Carthaginian vessels were easily overtaken by the Romans despite winds favoring the former. What bold tactical decision allowed the Romans to overcome this obstacle and defeat the Carthaginians? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Sheppard (1847)

The most prominent member of New Zealand's suffrage movement, Sheppard helped make her country the first nation to grant women the right to vote. She was also active in the temperance movement, which sought to achieve its goals by promoting woman's suffrage. Today, Sheppard's image appears on New Zealand's 10-pound note, and she is honored in a monument at Christchurch. Immediately after women's suffrage was granted in 1893, Sheppard embarked on a frantic, 10-week effort to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

make fast work of (someone or something)

To deal with, finish, or dispose of someone or something very quickly or handily; (of an object) to consume something quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up (2018)

Billed "The World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up," this is one of several rattlesnake round-ups in Texas; some 30,000 spectators come to watch the goings-on. It is sponsored by the Sweetwater Jaycees, who stress the focus on safety and the benefits of the round-up. The weekend events include snake-handling demonstrations and the awarding of prizes for the biggest snake. There are also a parade, rattlesnake dances with country bands, and a rattlesnake meat-eating contest. A cook shack fries and serves more than 4,000 pounds of rattlesnake meat each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sin

inequity, iniquity - Inequity is "injustice, unfairness"; iniquity refers to "immorality, sin, wickedness." More...

remission, remit - Remission originally meant forgiveness or pardon for an offense or sin, and remit meant "forgive, pardon." More...

reprehensible - Usually applied to things, not people—the sin and not the sinner. More...

assoil - To pardon or atone for a sin. More...

In the News

Solar-Powered Plane on Around-the-World Flight

Solar Impulse 2 has landed safely in Oman on the first leg of its quest to be the first plane to fly around the world fueled only by the sun's rays. The solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates early on Monday with pilot ... More...
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