Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

analogue

Definition:(noun) Something that bears an analogy to something else.
Synonyms:parallel
Usage: Surimi is marketed as an analogue of crabmeat.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Grading and Non-Grading Adverbs

Adverbs of degree can be mild, medium, strong, or absolute in how they describe the intensity, degree, or extent of the word they modify. Adverbs that are mild, medium, or strong are known as "grading adverbs." What are "non-grading adverbs"? More...
Article of the Day

Clogs

Clogs are shoes or sandals that are made entirely of wood or have wooden soles and leather uppers. They are associated with the Netherlands and Sweden, where they are considered part of the national dress. In England, clogs were traditionally made of alder and were commonly worn by all classes throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The Lancashire cotton mill workers habitually wore clogs to avoid slipping on the wet floors in the cotton mills. How are clogs used in some styles of dance? More...
This Day in History

Chinese Warlord Zhang Zuolin Is Assassinated (1928)

Zhang was a Chinese warlord who became ruler of Manchuria with the tacit support of the Japanese after his militia backed them in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–05. By the mid-1920s, his Fengtien army had gained power in Beijing, but Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Nationalists forced him out in 1928, and the Japanese began to doubt his authority over his Chinese countrymen. He was assassinated during his retreat to Shenyang when his train was bombed. Who planted the bomb, and why? More...
Today's Birthday

Cogwagee, AKA Thomas Charles Longboat (1887)

An Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Longboat made a name for himself as a champion long-distance runner. In 1906, he won his first major event, the Around the Bay Road Race. The next year, he finished the Boston Marathon in record time, shaving minutes off the previous record. He disappointed at the 1908 Olympics but went on to earn the title of Professional Champion of the World in a 1909 marathon. How did he put his talent to use during WWI? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

of no account

Of no or very little importance, significance, or worth. More...
Today's Holiday

Jefferson Davis's Birthday (Alabama) (2018)

The only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis was captured and imprisoned after the Civil War but never brought to trial. He went to his grave deprived of the rights of citizenship, and it wasn't until October 17, 1978, that his citizenship was restored, posthumously, by President Jimmy Carter. Davis's memory is honored by many white southerners in the United States, and his birthday is a legal holiday in Alabama. In Mississippi the observance is combined with Memorial Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: oyster

oysterage - An oyster bed. More...

ostracine - The adjective form of oyster. More...

oyster - From the Greek word ostreon, etymologically an allusion to its shell, from the Indo-European base ost-, "bone." More...

fornix - The upper shell of an oyster. More...

In the News

How "Tweeting" Seals are Helping Us Discover the Ocean's Mysteries

To gather information from some of the harshest waters on the planet, scientists turned to an unlikely source: An army of massive seals equipped with special sensors. Since 2004, more than 1,000 southern elephant seals sporting non-invasive sensors have ... More...
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