Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

inaugural

Definition:(adjective) Serving to set in motion.
Synonyms:initiative, initiatory, maiden, first
Usage: The magazine's inaugural issue sold out in a matter of days, prompting the owners to publish the second issue in larger numbers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns are used in interrogative sentences to ask questions, functioning either as the subject or object of such sentences. Most often, interrogative pronouns are used in what type of questions? More...
Article of the Day

The Pilates Method

Often simply called Pilates, the Pilates Method is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who believed that mental and physical health are essential to one another. Pilates developed the method during WWI to help hospitalized veterans condition their bodies by strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing key muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles, spinal alignment, and breathing technique. What did Pilates originally call his method? More...
This Day in History

"Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963)

In 1963, US President John F. Kennedy traveled to West Berlin to show support for those living behind the Berlin Wall, hemmed in by Soviet-controlled East Germany. Considered a key moment in the Cold War, Kennedy's speech boosted morale for West Germans, who feared Communist occupation. Kennedy was apparently coached on the pronunciation of the famous line "Ich bin ein Berliner"—"I am a Berliner"—just before taking the stage. Why has it been reported that he in fact said "I am a jelly doughnut"? More...
Today's Birthday

George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866)

An enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, Carnarvon was an English aristocrat who funded several excavations in Egypt. After pursuits in Thebes, he joined forces with English Egyptologist Howard Carter to search for Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. In 1922, the two opened the young Pharaoh's crypt, discovering treasures unsurpassed in the history of archaeology. Carnarvon's death a year after the discovery became linked to the legendary "Mummy's Curse." What really killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child's nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

a modest proposal

An extreme, unorthodox, and often provocative or distasteful remedy to a complex problem, generally suggested humorously or satirically. (An allusion to Jonathan Swift's 1729 essay A Modest Proposal, in which he suggests that the poor of Ireland could alleviate their woes by selling their children as food.) More...
Today's Holiday

Kiel Week (2018)

Kiel Week is an international sailing regatta in Kiel, Germany, in the last week of June, at which the world's leading yachters compete. Craft of all sorts—sail, motor, and muscle-powered—race on the waters of the Kiel Fjord. Kiel Week began in 1882 with 20 yachts; today there are well over 1,000 yachts competing in three classes of races—international, Olympic, and offshore regattas—as well as more than 1,000 events ranging from talks by international political leaders to art exhibits, theater, and music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: umbrella

umbrella - Etymologically, it is a "little shadow." More...

parapluie - A French word for umbrella, derived from Latin pluvia, "rain." More...

bumbershoot - Another word for umbrella, formed by combining an alteration of the word umbrella and an alteration of the word parachute. More...

nuclear umbrella - A protective status in which a nuclear state promises to use its arsenal to defend an ally without nuclear capabilities. More...

In the News

Why Are Some Eggs Round and Others Pointy? It May Have to Do with How Well a Bird Flies

It's a mystery that goes back to the days of Aristotle, flummoxing biologists and mathematicians for centuries: Why do bird's eggs come in so many different shapes and sizes? Why are owl eggs almost perfectly round, while hummingbird eggs look like ... More...
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