Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

vertiginous

Definition:(adjective) Having or causing a whirling sensation.
Synonyms:whirling, dizzy
Usage: At the end of the trail, they still faced a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns to connect, emphasize, or provide clarification for ideas expressed in sentences. In this combination, the preposition always comes directly after the noun. What are some of the most common prepositions used with nouns? More...
Article of the Day

AMBER Alerts

In the US and Canada, an AMBER Alert notifies the general public through a variety of media, including radio and television, that a confirmed abduction of a child has taken place. It is named after Amber Hagerman, a 1996 kidnap victim who might have been quickly located had the means to distribute critical information been available at the time. To avoid false alarms, the criteria for issuing an alert are rather strict. What percentage of alerts meets these criteria? More...
This Day in History

"Who Shot Phil?" Episode of EastEnders Airs (2001)

After five weeks of speculation and frenzied betting, Phil Mitchell's would-be assassin was finally revealed in a much-hyped episode of EastEnders, one of the longest running and most popular soap operas in the UK. Nearly 20 million people tuned in to watch the culmination of the "Who shot Phil?" storyline, causing the UK's third-largest power surge on record until that time. What major sporting event was postponed to accommodate the special episode's extended running time? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Spohr, "The Forgotten Master" (1784)

A highly respected German composer and violinist in the 19th century, Spohr has been largely neglected since then. After touring Europe, he became kapellmeister—leader of the orchestra—in Kassel, Germany, in 1822 and remained there for the rest of his life, eventually directing all of the city's music. Highly prolific, he wrote 15 violin concertos, nine symphonies, and many operas. In 1857, what accident put an end to Spohr's violin playing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Elegance is inferior to virtue.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

marry above (one's) station

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

Merrie Monarch Festival (2018)

The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week of festivities in Hilo honoring Hawaii's King David Kalakaua (1836-1891), who reigned from 1874 to 1891, and gave the United States exclusive rights to maintain a naval station at Pearl Harbor. The week's events, starting on Easter, close with the world's largest hula competition on the last three nights. The top hula schools (hula halau) compete in ancient and modern hula. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: noisy

corroboree - A large, noisy gathering. More...

crash - May have been created as an imitation of the sound of noisy breaking, or may be a blend of craze and dash. More...

obstreperous - Meaning "clamorous, noisy" and "argumentative," it is from Latin ob-, "against," and strepere, "to make a noise." More...

strepent, strepitent - Strepent and strepitent mean "noisy." More...

In the News

What was this camel doing in 17th-century Austria?

The skeleton of a camel that lived in the 17th century during the second Ottoman-Habsburg war has been discovered in a refuse pit in Austria. The animal would have been somewhat of an "alien" along the Danube River in Tulln, Austria, the researchers said... More...
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