Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

mnemonic

Definition:(noun) A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Synonyms:aide-memoire
Usage: The students came up with a mnemonic to help themselves remember the colors of the rainbow.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Introducing Lists with Colons

The most commonly cited use for a colon is to introduce a list of information. In many cases, the list is simply an extension of the existing sentence. What is this type of list known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Zimmermann Telegram

This secret note, sent by German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador to the US, said that in the event of war, Mexico should be asked to join as a German ally in return for Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. British intelligence intercepted and deciphered the note and sent it to President Wilson. This helped turn US public opinion against Germany during WWI and strengthened advocates of US entry into the war. What was the British dilemma in disclosing the note to the US? More...
This Day in History

The Mount Everest Disaster (1996)

During the spring climbing season in 1996, 15 people died trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, making it the deadliest season in the mountain's history. Eight of the deaths occurred on a single day in May, when climbers were caught by a fierce storm. The disaster was chronicled in a number of books, including one by journalist Jon Krakauer, who was on assignment writing about the commercialization and overcrowding of Everest. What non-weather factors contributed to the deaths that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Martha Graham (1894)

In a career spanning more than half a century, American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham transformed the art of dance with her revolutionary style and choreography. Her technique became the first significant alternative to classical ballet, and her influence extended worldwide through her students, many of whom went on to become choreographers themselves. One of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House and to receive what honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

feel like a new man/woman

To feel completely refreshed and in good health and spirits, especially after an exhausting or debilitating experience. More...
Today's Holiday

Frost Saints' Days (2018)

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: select

elegant - Comes from Latin eligere, "select." More...

eximious - Means "choice, excellent, select," or "distinguished." More...

garble - Originally meant "to sort out" or "to select in a biased way," and was applied to the selection and sorting out of individual passages from a person's writings or any separation of the good from the bad, of a selection of the worst and setting aside the better; it evolved to mean "to jumble, scramble." More...

select - From Latin legere, "choose," with the prefix se-, "apart." More...

In the News

Crab car drives sideways, parks in tiny space

As cities continue to grow at a dizzying rate, commuters are constantly battling ever-increasing congestion on the roads and a lack of parking, just to get to work. But now a team of German engineers have come up with an ingenious solution -- a "flexible" ... More...
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