Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

spillway

Definition:(noun) A channel for an overflow of water, as from a reservoir.
Synonyms:wasteweir, spill
Usage: The workers cleared the debris from the spillway so the excess water could flow through the channel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conditional Sentences

Conditional sentences are in the conditional mood, which is used for hypothetical scenarios that are dependent on a certain condition or conditions. What are the four "degrees" of conditionals? More...
Article of the Day

The Golden Hour

Achieving the perfect lighting for outdoor shots can be a challenge for even the most experienced photographer. In the middle of the day, the harsh overhead sun can cause overly bright highlights and dark shadows. To get the best shot, photographers often wait for the "golden" or "magic" hour—the first and last periods of sunlight during the day. The low sun creates a warm light that is ideal for landscape photos and enhances the colors of a scene. How long does the "golden hour" usually last? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Grammar, n.: A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

eat, drink, and be merry

A call for others to enjoy themselves, usually in the context of a party or other festive gathering. More...
Today's Holiday

White Lotus Day (Death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky) (2019)

The anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) is commemorated by members of the Theosophical Society, which was founded in New York in 1875 by Blavatsky and Henry Olcott. Olcott and Blavatsky moved to India in 1878, and the international headquarters for the Theosophical movement remains in Adyar (near Madras) today. She completed her most important work, The Secret Doctrine (1888), an overview of Theosophical teachings, along with numerous other books, before her death in 1891. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unlucky

dismal - Comes from French dies mali, "evil days," and first meant the 24 evil or unlucky days of the medieval calendar (two per month). More...

infaust, infausting - Infaust is "unlucky" and infausting is "making unlucky." More...

left-handed - Had a meaning of "unlucky" or "unseasonable." More...

widdershins - Means "in a direction opposite of the usual one," but can also mean "unlucky." More...

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