Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

copycat

Definition:(noun) One that closely imitates or mimics another.
Synonyms:aper, emulator, imitator
Usage: Stop being such a copycat and get your own hobbies!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Making Suggestions with "Might"

The modal verb "might" can be used to make polite suggestions to someone. This is much less direct and forceful than using "should." Why? More...
Article of the Day

Timur

Tamerlane, or "Timur the Lame," was a 14th-century Turco-Mongol conqueror who claimed descent from Genghis Khan and considered himself the restorer of the Mongol Empire. After subduing his rivals in central Asia, he turned his attention to Persia and, later, to India, Syria, and Iraq. His conquests ultimately reached from India and Russia to the Mediterranean. A cruel conqueror, Tamlerlane is said to have massacred how many millions of people? More...
This Day in History

The Great Gold Robbery (1855)

On the night of May 15, 1855, a shipment of gold bars and coins was sent from London to Paris, first via the South Eastern Railway and then on a ship across the English Channel. When the shipment arrived in Boulogne, France, the containers—all of which were locked and sealed—were found to be missing a large amount of the gold, worth about 12,000 British pounds at the time. The missing weight had been replaced with lead shot. A group of men was later arrested for the theft. How were they caught? More...
Today's Birthday

Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857)

Shortly after Fleming emigrated from Scotland to the US with her husband, their marriage failed. Forced to support herself, she worked as a housekeeper for the director of the Harvard College Observatory, who soon hired her to do clerical work at the observatory. She quickly rose through the ranks and went on to make significant contributions to the field of astronomy—classifying thousands of stars and discovering numerous variable stars and novae. What award did she win just before her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a night out

An evening spent having an enjoyable time away from home, as in a restaurant, theater, bar, or other such locations. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Isidro the Farmer (Madrid) (2018)

The Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer is celebrated in Madrid, Spain, with eight days of bullfighting at the Plaza de Toros, colorful parades, and many artistic, cultural, and sporting events. Street vendors sell pictures of the saint, small glass or pottery bells believed to ward off harm from thunder and lightning, and whistle-stemmed glass roses, which provide a noisy accompaniment to the feasting and dancing that go on. The Festival of San Isidro is celebrated in other Spanish towns as well, particularly León and Alicante. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sick

anointing of the sick - The Catholic sacrament in which a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation. More...

decumbiture - The act of going to bed when sick. More...

ill - Originally meant not "sick" but "bad," and was borrowed from Old Norse illr; the sense of "sick" arrived in the 15th century. More...

nauseous, nauseated - Nauseous ("sickening") is an adjective describing something that causes nausea; the adjective for the feeling ("made sick") is nauseated. More...

In the News

Proof of 'Planet Nine' May Be Sewn into Medieval Tapestries

The far reaches of the outer solar system may be home to an icy giant — a hypothetical planet scientists have dubbed "Planet Nine." Meanwhile, archives back on Earth are home to dozens of medieval records documenting the passage of comets through the ... More...
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