Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

charwoman

Definition:(noun) A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.
Synonyms:cleaning lady
Usage: The charwoman cleaned every bathroom in the office building after the executives left for the evening.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parentheses

Parentheses are used to separate information that is not necessary to the structure or meaning of the surrounding text. When can parentheses be replaced by em dashes? More...
Article of the Day

Shiva

The Hindu god Shiva is the subject of an elaborate and sometimes contradictory mythology. He is seen as both destroyer and restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. The trident he is often depicted holding represents his three aspects as creator, preserver, and destroyer, while the snakes his is garlanded with show his power over deadly animals. Shiva is one of three gods that make up the Trimurti. Who are the other two? More...
This Day in History

Napoleonic Code Adopted in France (1804)

One of Napoleon's first priorities after coming to power was revising the outdated French legal system. The resulting code was a clear framework of laws regarding property, family, and personal rights, replacing an antiquated, confusing patchwork of feudal laws. The code has since been amended but remains in effect in France. In the 200 years since it was enacted, the code has also influenced the laws of many European countries, the US state of Louisiana, and what Middle Eastern country? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Fourier (1768)

Fourier was a French mathematician and Egyptologist. As an engineer on the Egyptian expedition led by Napoleon—who later made him a baron—he conducted anthropological investigations and wrote the preface to the monumental Description de l'Égypte, whose publication he oversaw. In mathematics, he is primarily known for his work in heat conduction, for his use of the Fourier series to solve differential equations, and for the related concept of the Fourier transform, which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

bone-idle

Extremely lazy. More...
Today's Holiday

Phagwa (2019)

The Hindu festival of Phagwa celebrates the Vernal Equinox and the start of the Hindu New Year. In Trinidad and Tobago, a Carnival spirit has pervaded the festivities, which now combine both secular and religious elements and are no longer confined to Hindus. The celebration includes bonfires (to symbolize the destruction of Holika, the evil sister of King Hiranya Kashipu) and Chowtal-singing competitions, which mix religious and secular music and are heavily influenced by calypso. The spraying of Abeer powder, a red vegetable dye, gives everyone's hair and skin a tie-dyed effect. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wonder

admire - Can mean "to wonder at, to be slightly surprised." More...

marvel - Traces to Latin mirabilia, from mirari, "wonder at." More...

nine days' wonder - An old term (c. 1325) for an event or phenomenon that attracts enthusiastic interest for a short while, but is then ignored or forgotten. More...

Wonder Bread - Got its name from a vice president who watched a hot-air balloon race shortly before the bread needed a name—"wonder" is how he described the event and then the bread. More...

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