Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

flattop

Definition:(noun) A large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for take-offs and landings.
Synonyms:aircraft carrier
Usage: Before the invasion, the general ordered a large flattop to anchor several miles offshore to facilitate a swift aerial attack.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Avoiding Unnecessary Prepositions

While it is perfectly correct to end a sentence with a preposition, we must be careful that we do not include extraneous prepositions that do not serve a grammatical function. What is the very common error in the following sentence? "Where are you at?" More...
Article of the Day

Lucid Dreaming

In a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is often possible to exert conscious control over characters and environments, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Children tend to enter such dream states more easily than adults, but there are techniques one can learn to intentionally induce a lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is sometimes suggested as a remedy for what disorder? More...
This Day in History

"Nessie" Reported for the First Time (1933)

More than 700 ft (213 m) deep, Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in the UK by volume. This makes it the perfect hiding place for a prehistoric creature—or so believers say. Though the legend of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to at least 565 BCE, modern accounts of "Nessie" date only to 1933, the year a local newspaper began reporting sightings of a fearsome, dragon-like creature in the lake. What natural phenomenon, known as a seiche, may be responsible for some of the sightings? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Catherine Labouré (1806)

Shortly after Labouré joined the Daughters of Charity, a religious order devoted to serving the poor, she reportedly began having visions of the Virgin Mary. In one, she was shown the design for what has come to be known as the Miraculous Medal, now worn by Christians the world over. Her role in the medal's creation was concealed until after her death, so she lived out her life in relative obscurity. In 1947, she was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. What invocation appears on the medal? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is influenced by no consideration, recognizes no restraints of reason, and is of the same nature as death, that assails alike the lofty palaces of kings and the humble cabins of shepherds; and when it takes entire possession of a heart, the first thing it does is to banish fear and shame from it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(someone's) door is always open

Someone is always available to be of guidance, support, aid, or assistance whenever needed. Said especially by an employer or teacher to an employee or pupil. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Sant' Efisio (2018)

The Sagra di Sant' Efisio at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, commemorates the martyrdom of a third-century Roman general who was converted to Christianity and credited with saving the town from the plague. On May 1, a procession accompanies a statue of St. Efisio through the streets of Cagliari to the church of Pula, the town where he suffered martyrdom. Three days later the statue returns to Cagliari. Several thousand pilgrims, wearing costumes that date from the 17th century and earlier, take part in the procession, which culminates in a parade down Cagliari's main avenue. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: management

manage - Once a noun meaning "age at which one becomes a man." More...

sui juris - "Legally competent to manage one's own affairs." More...

agronomy - The management and husbandry of land. More...

improvement - Its early spelling was emprowement, meaning "profit, profitable use or management." More...

In the News

Ancient Human Bones Show Evidence of a Hungry Hyena Encounter

The bones of an early human that lived in Morocco half-a-million years ago show evidence of a dinner date with a hyena. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, researchers led by Camille Daujeard of the French National Museum of Natural History ... More...
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