Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

extralegal

Definition:(adjective) Not permitted or governed by law.
Synonyms:nonlegal
Usage: The vigilantes believed they were simply dispensing an extralegal form of frontier justice.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose

The interrogative adjectives "what" and "which" can often be used interchangeably, while "whose" is very different. What does "whose" denote? More...
Article of the Day

The Sabines

The Sabines were members of a tribe that lived in ancient Italy before the founding of Rome. According to legend, Romulus and a group of mostly male followers abducted Sabine women to populate the newly built town of Rome, an incident known as "The Rape of the Sabine Women"—in this context "rape" simply means "kidnapping." This story has been a common theme of art throughout history. How did the Sabine women supposedly end the conflict between the armies of their fathers and their husbands? More...
This Day in History

London's Millennium Bridge Opens, Promptly Closes (2000)

When tens of thousands of pedestrians crossed the Thames River via London's Millennium Bridge on its opening day in 2000, many felt the steel suspension bridge sway, and the vibrations worsened as people adjusted their gaits to the motion. Nicknamed the "wobbly bridge" by Londoners, it closed just two days later for modifications to eliminate the sway and did not reopen until 2002. What prompted the bridge to close again in 2007 over concerns that pedestrians were in danger of being blown off? More...
Today's Birthday

Hattie McDaniel (1895)

McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939's American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

to (one's) heart's desire

As much as or to the point that one wants; to the point of contentment, satiety, or surfeit. More...
Today's Holiday

Children's Day (United States) (2018)

Many countries have set aside a day on which children are allowed to participate in church services, in government, and in various cultural and recreational activities. In the United States, Children's Day was first celebrated in June 1856 at the Universalist Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts. By 1868 its date had been set on a nationwide basis as the second Sunday in June. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shaking

pulsatilla - Can refer to the shaking of a flower in the wind. More...

quassation - The act or process of being shaken or shaking. More...

concussion - Its underlying etymological notion is of "violent shaking," from Latin concutere, "shake violently." More...

Shaker - The Shakers got their name from the shaking and convulsive movements they made during worship. More...

In the News

The Weight of a Star: Einstein's Impossible Hope Finally Achieved by Scientists

Albert Einstein first published his theory of relativity in 1905. The proposition was a breakthrough for our conception of space and time. The theory said that the speed of light in a vacuum is unaffected by the motion of all observers, and that the ... More...
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