Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

cinder

Definition:(noun) A fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire.
Synonyms:clinker
Usage: Ella loved to read by the fire; her cruel stepsisters dubbed her "Cinderella," since her face was often blackened with cinder dust.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interjections and Punctuation

An interjection is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. As interjections are capable of standing alone, they can be punctuated with a period, an exclamation point, or a question mark. How do we choose which punctuation to use? More...
Article of the Day

YMCA

The Young Men's Christian Organization (YMCA) was founded in London in 1844 and has as its objective the development of values and behaviors that are consistent with Christian principles; membership is not limited to Christians, however, and women and girls have been accepted as members since World War II. In North America, the YMCA is usually perceived to be primarily a community sports facility, but in practice it utilizes a broad range of other programs, such as what? More...
This Day in History

Transylvanian Noble György Dózsa Roasted and Eaten as Punishment (1514)

Known for his wartime valor, Dózsa was tasked with leading an army for Pope Leo X's crusade in 1514. Though he assembled some 100,000 peasants, plans for the crusade were suddenly suspended. The peasants refused to disband, deciding instead to avenge mistreatment by their landlords. Rebellion quickly became full-scale revolution, with Dózsa's troops murdering nobles and burning castles. When the peasants were finally stopped at Temesvár, he was tortured in what bizarre way before being eaten? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (1919)

Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer who, with Tenzing Norgay of Nepal, became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Following the expedition, Hillary founded the Himalayan Trust, which built many schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people of Nepal. He continued climbing, later participated in the first crossing of Antarctica by vehicle, and even searched for the legendary abominable snowman in 1960. What unusual profession did Hillary have when not mountaineering? More...
Quotation of the Day
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

salty dog

A sailor, especially a man, who is older and/or has had a lot of experience on the seas. More...
Today's Holiday

Colombia Independence Day (2018)

On the day they celebrate their independence from Spain, Colombians in the capital city of Bogotá often visit a historic place known as La Casa del Florero (The House of the Flowerpot). It was here that a Colombian storekeeper refused to lend a large flowerpot to the Spaniards. A riot ensued—the beginning of the revolt against Spain. There are Independence Day parades throughout the country on July 20. Schoolchildren march in their uniforms, and dancers perform in the costumes of their region. In the afternoon, people watch athletic games and listen to singing groups perform folk songs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sword

sheath - Seems to have first been a split stick that a sword could be inserted into. More...

spades - As a suit in a deck of cards, it has nothing to do with spades as tools, but comes from Spanish espada, "sword." More...

spay - A shortening of a French word espeer, meaning "cut with a sword." More...

gladiator, gladiate - The main Latin word for sword was gladius, from which came gladiator; gladiate is an adjective meaning sword-shaped. More...

In the News

Toddler Gets 3-D Printed Implant after Head Swells to Three Times Normal Size

A Chinese toddler was reportedly helped when doctors used a 3-D printed titanium implant to reshape her skull after a rare birth defect left her head triple its normal size. Named Hanhan, according to Reuters and Getty Images, the girl underwent ... More...
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