Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

lenity

Definition:(noun) Mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant.
Synonyms:lenience, mildness
Usage: I promise to show all the lenity in my power; but if the charges brought against this Bonapartist hero prove correct, why, then, you really must give me leave to order his head to be cut off.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs with Prepositional Phrases

A linking verb can be followed by a prepositional phrase that acts as an adjective to describe the subject. What do these usually describe? More...
Article of the Day

Kwashiorkor

Many children—usually under the age of 5—in overpopulated parts of the world suffer from kwashiorkor, a type of severe malnutrition. Commonly believed to be caused by protein deficiency, kwashiorkor is now thought by some to relate to bacterial contamination of grain ingested by newly weaned children. Symptoms include retarded growth, shifts in skin and hair pigmentation, abdominal swelling, immune deficiency, and liver damage. The term "kwashiorkor" is derived from a Ghanaian word meaning what? More...
This Day in History

The Sicilian Vespers Rebellion (1282)

By 1282, the French Angevin dynasty had controlled of the island of Sicily for decades. However, at the start of the traditional vespers service on Easter Monday, an uprising spontaneously broke out following a seemingly isolated altercation in which local residents sparred with French soldiers. The revolt spread like wildfire, and soon the Sicilians had massacred almost every French person on the island. What reportedly started the confrontation between the Sicilians and the soldiers? More...
Today's Birthday

Naomi Sims (1948)

Often considered the first black supermodel, Sims was teased as an adolescent for her unusual height. While attending college, she attempted to earn money by securing modeling work but was frustrated by the racism of established agencies. Instead, she forged her own connections, achieving wide success and recognition in the 1960s and 70s before retiring to found a beauty-product empire. What film role did she turn down in 1972 due to the film's exploitative portrayal of African Americans? More...
Quotation of the Day
While solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

a man/woman on a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what he or she wants. More...
Today's Holiday

Ta'anit Bechorot (Fast of the Firstborn) (2018)

The Fast of the Firstborn is the only fast in the Jewish calendar which is neither an atonement for sin nor a fast of petition. Observed only symbolically by firstborn male Jews on the day before Passover, its main purpose appears to be to remind Jews of the Angel of Death's slaying of the Egyptians' firstborn sons and the miraculous escape of their own sons. The obligation to fast can be avoided by participating in a siyyum—the study of a particular passage of the Talmud. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slope

escarpment, scarp, palisade(s) - A cliff formation or line of cliffs can be called an escarpment, scarp (from Italian scarpa, "slope"), or palisade(s). More...

scree - A mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain. More...

katabatic - Skiing is a katabatic sport—moving down a slope or valley. More...

scarp - To slope, cut a steep face. More...

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