Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

diaphanous

Definition:(adjective) Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent.
Synonyms:filmy, gauzy, sheer, vaporous
Usage: She wore a hat with a diaphanous veil that did not obscure her features.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs that Take Gerunds

Stative verbs, also known as verbs of feeling, are very likely to take gerunds as their objects. "Love" is a common stative verb that takes gerunds. What is the gerund in the following sentence? "I love going to the movies." More...
Article of the Day

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima is the title given to the Virgin Mary by those who believe that she appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917, at a time when many young men, including relatives of the children, were fighting in WWI. She reportedly exhorted the children to do penance, and they wore tight cords around their waists and abstained from water on hot days. She also reportedly confided to them three secrets. One of these was a vision of Hell. What were the others? More...
This Day in History

BBC Report: Spaghetti Grows on Trees (1957)

An estimated 8 million unsuspecting viewers were watching the BBC's trusted current affairs program Panorama when it aired one of the first televised hoaxes in history, a 3-minute report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest. Afterwards, the station received calls from hundreds of curious viewers, including some who wanted information on cultivating their own spaghetti plants. In the report, the year's abundant spaghetti crop was attributed to a mild winter and the near-elimination of what pest? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Germain (1776)

Growing up during the French Revolution, a young Germain turned to her father's library for entertainment and discovered a passion for mathematics. Despite facing opposition due to her gender, the self-taught Germain was eventually able to attend the lectures of the French Academy of Sciences. She corresponded by mail with a number of prominent mentors, including mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, by using a male pseudonym. How did Gauss discover that Germain was a woman? More...
Quotation of the Day
And come he slow, or come he fast,
It is but death who comes at last.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

many happy returns of the day

I wish you a very happy birthday and many more like it in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter (Hollywood, California) (2018)

The early Christians believed that on Easter morning, the sun danced in honor of the resurrection of Christ, which led to the custom of rising before dawn to witness the phenomenon. At the Hollywood Bowl, a huge outdoor amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills, California, the Easter sunrise service is attended by about 30,000 people, who spend the night in the stadium. About 50,000 calla lilies decorate the stage, where a huge choir and a symphony orchestra perform the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah and traditional Easter hymns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: incapable

impassible, impassable - Impassible is incapable of feeling or suffering; impassable is not capable of being passed. More...

impregnable - Means "incapable of being taken by force" (from French prendre, "seize"). More...

indefatigable - Means "incapable of being wearied." More...

inimitable - Means "unique; incapable of being imitated." More...

In the News

You Can Now Hire a Goatherd through Amazon

Now you can buy a sink on Amazon and hire someone to come and install it. Or a goatherd to tend your flock. Or someone to teach you aerial yoga. All are available to Amazon customers through the company's newly-expanded professional services ... More...
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