Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

ultramarine

Definition:(noun) A blue pigment made from powdered lapis lazuli; a vivid or strong blue to purplish blue.
Synonyms:indigo, French blue
Usage: She found a piece of fabric dyed ultramarine, which would make a perfect sash for the light blue dress she was making.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Number

Grammatical number in English simply means whether something or someone is singular or plural—i.e. whether there is one (singular) or more than one (plural). For nouns, we usually just add an "-s" to the end of the word to signify that it is plural. Why can't the same be done to pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is a green pigment that gives most plants their color and enables them to carry out photosynthesis, the process through which plants get energy from light. Chlorophyll absorbs light in the red and blue-violet portions of the visible spectrum; the green portion is not absorbed and, reflected, gives chlorophyll its characteristic green color. Only one animal has been found to use the chlorophyll it has eaten to perform photosynthesis for itself. What is it? More...
This Day in History

World War II: Germany Signs Unconditional Surrender (1945)

By the beginning of 1944, air warfare had turned overwhelmingly in favor of the Allies, who wrought unprecedented destruction on many German cities and on transport and industries throughout German-held Europe. German collapse came after the meeting of the Western and Russian armies at Torgau in Saxony, and after Hitler's death amid the ruins of Berlin, which was falling to the Russians. The unconditional surrender of Germany was signed at Reims on May 7. When did it take effect? More...
Today's Birthday

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840)

A towering figure in Russian music and one of the most popular composers in history, Tchaikovsky became interested in music as a child and turned to serious composition at 14. His works are noted for their expressive melodies, and he is said to have revolutionized ballet by transforming it from a grand decorative gesture into a staged musical drama. His ballets include Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. What Russian businesswoman supported him for 13 years but—as a rule—never met him? More...
Quotation of the Day
What's the use of making mysteries? It only makes people want to nose 'em out.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

down in the mouth

Visibly sad or depressed. More...
Today's Holiday

Chandan Yatra (2019)

Chandan Yatra is held during the waxing half of Vaisakha. During the festival, believers honor various Hindu deities, but most of their devotions are reserved for Lord Jagannatha, an expression of Krishna. Observed throughout Orissa, the celebration is always most elaborate at Puri, which is the final destination of a 42-day-long procession carrying icons of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, and other deities. At the final site, a large water tank in Puri called the Narenda, the idols are placed in decorated boats and undergo sacred baths to the accompaniment of music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whip

flail - Based on Latin flagellum, "whip." More...

lash - The flexible part of a whip. More...

scourge - Based on Latin ex-, "thoroughly," and corriga, "whip." More...

crack - The "crack" of a whip is the miniature sonic boom that occurs as the tip breaks the sound barrier. More...

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