Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

greave

Definition:(noun) Armor plate that protects legs below the knee.
Synonyms:jambeau
Usage: They then stripped him of a jacket that he wore over his armor, and they would have stripped off his stockings if his greaves had not prevented them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Monotransitive Verbs

A transitive verb is by definition a verb that takes an object. Most verbs are "monotransitive," meaning they only take one object. However, some verbs can take two objects in a sentence. What are these verbs called? More...
Article of the Day

Cueva de las Manos

Spanish for "Cave of the Hands," Cueva de las Manos is an Argentinean cave famed for the paintings of hands—along with depictions of humans, animals, hunting scenes, and geometric shapes—that are believed to have been made thousands of years ago by the region's indigenous inhabitants. Based on the size of the hands, it is speculated that teenage boys stenciled them on the wall of the cave to mark their advancement into manhood. Most of the paintings are of left hands, suggesting what? More...
This Day in History

Petrarch Falls in Love (1327)

Petrarch claimed to have first laid eyes on his beloved Laura, who was to inspire his great vernacular love lyrics, at the church of Sainte-Claire d'Avignon on Good Friday 1327. Over the next 20 years, the Italian humanist poet wrote hundreds of sonnets and odes about the lovely Laura, with whom he may never have conversed even once. Petrarch revealed little about the object of his chaste love, and her true identity has been the source of much debate. Who or what are some potential candidates? More...
Today's Birthday

Bison Dele (1969)

Dele was a professional basketball player who disappeared at sea in 2002 and is believed to have been killed by his brother. Three years earlier, at age 30 and arguably at the peak of his career, Dele opted out of a $36 million contract and retired from the National Basketball Association. In 2002, he set sail on the South Pacific Ocean with his girlfriend, the boat's captain, and his brother—the only one ever seen or heard from again. How did his brother draw further suspicion after his return? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

marry into money

To become wealthy or financially secure by marrying someone who is wealthy or has a wealthy family. More...
Today's Holiday

Chakri Day (2018)

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: keyboard

fallboard - The hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played. More...

finger board - The part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the tone—as well as the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc. More...

home key - The home key is either of two keys on a keyboard acting as the base position for one's fingers in touch-typing (left F, right J). More...

octothorpe - The pound key on a keyboard or keypad is technically an octothorpe. More...

In the News

Bullied for how he looks, boy adopts a special cat who shares his differences

Last year was a difficult one for Madden Humphreys. His classmates at school were bullying him for how he looked. Madden, 7, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. In addition to having a scar from repair surgeries, he has heterochromia ... More...
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