Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

variegate

Definition:(verb) Make something more diverse and varied.
Synonyms:vary
Usage: After the third consecutive dinner of mashed potatoes, we began to hope that the cook would begin to variegate the menu.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases in Initial Position

Where a participle phrase appears in a sentence changes the way we punctuate it, as does its importance to the meaning of the sentence as a whole. When a participle phrase occurs in the initial position, how is it usually separated from the rest of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Global Conveyor Belt

Thermohaline circulation refers to the deepwater circulation of the oceans and is primarily caused by differences in density between the waters of different regions. It is mainly a convection process in which cold, dense water formed in the polar regions sinks and flows slowly toward the equator. The circulation of ocean waters is vitally important in dispersing heat energy around the globe. Two factors determine the density of ocean water; one is temperature, what is the other? More...
This Day in History

Bodies Found in Unsolved Hinterkaifeck Murders (1922)

In 1922, Hinterkaifeck, a small farmstead north of Munich, became the scene of one of the most puzzling unsolved crimes in German history. On the evening of March 31, the farm's six inhabitants, ranging in age from two to 72, were brutally murdered. The perpetrator likely remained at the farm for several days thereafter, but by the time the crime was discovered, he or she had disappeared without a trace. What unexplained events supposedly occurred there in the days leading up to the slaughter? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothea Dix (1802)

Dix left an unhappy home at age 10 to live with her grandmother in Boston. By age 14, the resourceful Dix was on her own and working as a schoolteacher. In 1841, while teaching in a Massachusetts prison, Dix saw firsthand the inhumane way that mentally ill prisoners were treated. Appalled, she became a pioneer in the movement for humane treatment of the insane. Her efforts brought about widespread reforms in both the US and Canada. What position did Dix hold during the US Civil War? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

marry beneath (oneself)

To marry someone who is of a lower social class or standing than oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Isidro of Seville (2018)

St. Isidro (c. 560-636), or Isidore, was born in Cartagena, Spain, and eventually became bishop of Seville. In Río Frío, Colombia, April occurs in autumn and is typically very dry. On San Isidro's feast day, April 4, townspeople process the saint's image around the streets in the hope that he will help bring rain. The procession takes two steps forward, then one step backward, and so on, with the idea that if it drags out long enough, some rain may fall before the festivities end. If no rain falls, those who had been singing praises to St. Isidro may begin to insult and swear at him. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: moral

iniquity - Absence of moral or spiritual values or an unjust act, it is a combination of in-, "not," and aequus, "equal, just," from Latin. More...

moral, morality - Latin mor/mos, "custom," is the starting point of moral, morality, and other related words. More...

morate - Means "well-mannered, moral, respectable." More...

epimyth - The moral of a story. More...

In the News

There's a Reason Some Birds Don't Seem to Fly South for Winter Anymore, Scientists Say

The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says. They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States ... More...
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