Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

transience

Definition:(noun) The attribute of being brief or fleeting.
Synonyms:brevity, briefness
Usage: The superficiality and transience of the club scene is part of its appeal for young people.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Determiners

Like all adjectives, interrogative adjectives (also known as "interrogative determiners") modify nouns and pronouns. English has three interrogative adjectives: "what," "which," and "whose." Why are they are called "interrogative"? More...
Article of the Day

The Colored Rains of Kerala

In July 2001, red-colored rain began falling in the Indian state of Kerala. For the next two months, it returned intermittently. A number of theories explaining the origins of the coloration were proposed, including that it was contamination from a dust cloud, debris from a volcanic eruption, and even extraterrestrial cells. The Indian government initially speculated that the red rain was caused by an exploding meteor but later issued an official report asserting that it had been caused by what? More...
This Day in History

Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches (1836)

Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother? More...
Today's Birthday

Lorraine Hansberry (1930)

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry's own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Why was her literary career cut short? More...
Quotation of the Day
Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

no cover

No additional cost for entry or entertainment (called a cover charge), as at a bar, club, or restaurant. More...
Today's Holiday

Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (2018)

Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890. Referred to as the "father of modern Vietnam," he spearheaded the Vietnamese revolt against French and Japanese occupation. In 1954, after the French and Japanese left, the United States entered the scene; it was during this struggle that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969. In 1975, North and South Vietnam united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On Ho Chi Minh's birthday each year, people hold parades in cities, carrying posters depicting him. Many women wear the áo dài, a traditional Vietnamese garment. Speeches about Ho Chi Minh often follow the parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: official

brevet - An official or authoritative message in writing. More...

provost - Etymologically, an official "placed before" or "put in charge" of others, from Latin praepositus, "superintendent." More...

bailiwick - Comes from bailie, "custody," and -wick, "function of an official" or "place of jurisdiction." More...

probate - The official proving of a will, from Latin probatum, "thing proved." More...

In the News

She was told her perpetually runny nose was from 'allergies.' It was a brain-fluid leak.

This post has been updated. For years, Kendra Jackson battled an incessantly runny nose — sniffling and sneezing, blowing and losing sleep each night. Jackson said she initially thought she was getting a cold, then, as her symptoms persisted, doctors ... More...
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