Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 31, 2016)
Word of the Day

watchword

Definition:(noun) A slogan used to rally support for a cause.
Synonyms:cry
Usage: "Fight and fall, but fly not," that was our watchword.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Partially Limit Information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. Sometimes, we want to emphasize information that isn't completely limited, but rather partially limited. What is the partially limiting focusing adverb in the following sentence? "A few people were missing at the party, notably Tom." More...
Article of the Day

Mangroves

Mangroves are large tropical evergreen trees of the genus Rhizophora. They are found in the muddy swamps of tropical and subtropical coastlines and estuaries and grow most abundantly in tropical Asia, Africa, and the islands of the southwest Pacific. Mangrove trunks produce aerial roots that become embedded in the mud and rapidly form close-growing mangrove thickets. These swamps are rich breeding grounds for fish and shellfish. How many plant species can be found in a mangrove habitat? More...
This Day in History

Exiled Dalai Lama Arrives in India (1959)

Tenzin Gyatso—better known as the Dalai Lama—was installed as the spiritual and political leader of Tibet before he reached the age of five. He was a teenager when China took control of Tibet, and subsequent suppression forced him flee to the northern Indian city of Dharamsala. There, he set up the Tibetan exile government. Famously pacifistic in his campaign for Tibetan independence, the Dalai Lama once said it would be appropriate to shoot someone in the leg in what hypothetical situation? More...
Today's Birthday

César Chávez (1927)

As the child of Mexican-American migrant laborers, Chávez spent his childhood in a succession of migrant camps, attending 65 different elementary schools. After a two-year stint in the Navy, he returned to migrant farm work and, in 1962, began organizing the largely Latino farmworkers of Arizona and California. A charismatic figure, he used strikes and nationwide boycotts to win union recognition and contracts from California grape and lettuce growers. How long did the first strike last? More...
Quotation of the Day
How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

manoeuvre the apostles

obsolete To borrow or take money from one person or source to repay the debt of another (i.e., rob Peter to pay Paul). More...
Today's Holiday

Lazarus Saturday (2018)

In Russia and in all Eastern Orthodox churches, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is set aside to honor Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. Pussywillows are blessed at the evening service in the Russian Orthodox Church, and the branches are distributed to the worshippers, who take them home and display them above their icons. On this day in Greece, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia, one custom is for groups of children to carry willow branches from house to house and sing songs and act out the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knowing

gnostic - Means "relating to knowledge" or "clever, knowing." More...

polyglot - Meaning "written in or knowing many languages," it is from Greek polu-, "many," and glotto, "tongue." More...

savoir vivre - Literally, "knowing how to live" or knowing how to get the most out of life. More...

scibility - The power of knowing. More...

In the News

Hey, I Know You! Antarctic Brown Skuas Can Recognize Humans

A surprising new study by South Korean researchers finds that Antarctic seabirds might recognize individual humans after they’ve met them a few times. It is not unusual for intelligent bird species with frequent human interactions to recognize people.That ... More...
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