Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

sinuous

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by many curves or turns; winding.
Synonyms:wiggly, sinuate
Usage: We tried to trace the path of the sinuous stream, but it veered and curved in every direction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. They are also commonly referred to as what? More...
Article of the Day

Criminal Tattoos

Tattoos are used by many criminals to show gang membership and mark their personal history, skills, and convictions. The system of Russian criminal tattoos is perhaps the most elaborate—both the symbols themselves and their locations on the body carry meaning. For example, butterflies signify an escape artist, while a crucifix worn on the chest signifies a "Prince of Thieves," the highest rank among criminals. In a criminal tattoo of a Russian church, what does each of the domes symbolize? More...
This Day in History

World's First Parking Meter Installed (1935)

The parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first meter was installed there later that year, guaranteeing drivers a parking space for an amount of purchased time. Used until the 1980s, Magee's original design had a coin acceptor, a dial, and a visible flag indicating the expiration of paid time. Reverend C.H. North was the first person in the US to get a parking ticket because of an expired meter. What happened when he disputed his ticket in court? More...
Today's Birthday

Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (1872)

Amundsen was a Norwegian polar explorer who led the first expeditions to traverse the Northwest Passage and to reach the South Pole. Turning to air exploration, in 1926 he and Umberto Nobile succeeded in flying over the North Pole and unexplored regions of the Arctic Ocean in a dirigible built and piloted by Nobile. A bitter controversy followed with Nobile as to the credit for the success. Yet in 1928, when Nobile crashed a different dirigible, Amundsen launched a rescue mission. What happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

not your father's

Very modern or updated; no longer what an older generation would expect or be used to. More...
Today's Holiday

Pilgrimage of Saut d'Eau (2018)

The pilgrimage to the church in Ville-Bonheur, Haiti, combines both Christian and Voodoo beliefs. There is a sacred grove just outside Ville-Bonheur where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared on top of a palm tree. At this holy place, known as Saut d'Eau (waterfall), two waterfalls tumble from a precipice more than 100 feet high to create a kind of natural cathedral. This is the home of Damballah-wedo and other African deities who play a part in Voodoo. Some worshipers tie colored cords to the sacred trees at the foot of the falls, while others bathe in the water. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: steal

embezzle - Originally, it simply meant "steal." More...

purloin - Meaning to steal, it is from Latin pur/pro, "forth," and loign, "far." More...

scrounge - First meant to live off or sponge off someone else; it is a variant of scrunge, "steal." More...

snoop - From Dutch snoepen, "eat on the sly," it first meant "steal and eat in a clandestine manner." More...

In the News

The World's Clouds Are in Different Places than They Were 30 Years Ago

In a new study published in Nature on Monday, scientists say they have for the first time thoroughly documented one of the most profound planetary changes yet to be caused by a warming climate: The distribution of clouds all across the Earth has shifted, they ... More...
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