Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossify

Definition:(verb) To change into bone; to become set in a rigidly conventional pattern.
Synonyms:rigidify, petrify
Usage: It takes millions of years for organic remains to ossify and turn into fossils.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that began and was still in progress in the past before another past action started. How does it differ from the past perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

Cobalt

Cobalt is a silver-white, lustrous, hard, brittle metal that is chemically active and rarely occurs uncombined in nature. It is, however, often found in meteoric metal. Cobalt compounds have been used for centuries to impart a rich blue color to glass, glazes, and ceramics. The element has been detected in Egyptian sculpture and Persian jewelry from the third millennium BCE. The word cobalt is derived from the German word for "goblin." Why was the element thus named? More...
This Day in History

16 May 1877 Crisis (1877)

On May 16, 1877—le Seize Mai—French Republic president Marie MacMahon, a monarchist, attempted to rescue the monarchical cause by dismissing the republican prime minister and replacing him with a monarchist leader and cabinet. When the Chamber of Deputies rejected the new government, MacMahon dissolved parliament and ordered new elections, precipitating a crisis. His efforts spectacularly backfired, however, when the republicans triumphantly returned to government through what means? More...
Today's Birthday

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919)

Liberace began playing piano at the age of 4, and by 16, he had appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He soon began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career primarily upon popular music. Hugely successful, he hosted a television variety series, and, in later years, performed frequently in Las Vegas. During what decades was he said to be the world's highest paid entertainer? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

bossyboots

Someone who is bossy or controlling. More...
Today's Holiday

Maifest (2015)

The original Maifest in Hermann, Missouri, was a children's festival founded in 1874. The festival was revived in 1952 as a German ethnic festival for people of all ages. Held the third weekend in May, the festival offers German folklore, songs, music, and food in celebration of the arrival of spring. Black beer, cheese, sausage, crackers, and bratwurst are served, and there are band concerts and musical shows. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tame

daunt - Comes from Latin domare, meaning "to tame." More...

amenage - To amenage something is to domesticate or tame it. More...

cicurate - To tame or domesticate, render mild or harmless. More...

dompt - "To tame or subdue; daunt." More...

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