Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

veiling

Definition:(noun) Sheer material, such as gauze or fine lace, used for veils.
Synonyms:netting, gauze
Usage: The seamstress attached a lace trim to the veiling, so that it would match the bride's dress.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are the four main types of interrogative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Poppy

The poppy family is composed chiefly of herbs from the Northern Hemisphere that have characteristic milky or colored sap. Most species are native to the Old World, and many are cultivated in gardens for their brilliantly colored, if short-lived, blossoms. The opium poppy is grown for its opium as well as for its seeds for cooking and baking. The poppy has been the symbol of the dead and of sleep since antiquity. In many countries, the poppy is worn to commemorate what holiday? More...
This Day in History

Foundation Stone Laid for Cologne Cathedral in Germany (1248)

The Cologne Cathedral is the largest cathedral in northern Europe. It contains the paintings of Stephen Lochner and is believed to hold the relics of the Wise Men of the East. Built in the Gothic style, it was begun in 1248 on the site of an older church. The nave and two spires—each of which is 515 ft (157 m) high—were included in the original plans but built later, between 1842 and 1880. For the next four years, it was the tallest structure in the world, until the completion of what structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Child (1912)

Child was an American chef, author, and TV personality who introduced French cooking to the American public. She began studying French cuisine while her husband was stationed in France on a diplomatic assignment and attended Paris's famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. In 1961, she cowrote the bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking and soon began hosting a series of educational TV programs, including what show that transformed her into an Emmy-winning public-broadcasting star? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

ace (something)

To do exceptionally well in something, especially an exam or other high-pressure situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Acadian Day (2019)

The original Acadians were 17th-century French colonists who settled in what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and parts of northern Maine and Quebec. Their French-speaking descendants in the Maritime Provinces continue to honor their heritage by holding many local Acadian Day celebrations. The Acadian Festival in Caraquet, New Brunswick, is the largest of these celebrations. The festival takes place for 14 days in August each year and includes Acadian dance performances, cabaret, and concerts as well as sporting contests and a blessing of the fleet. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: outline

write - From Proto Germanic writanan, "tear, scratch." More...

curriculum, syllabus - A curriculum is a complete course of study offered by a school; a syllabus is the outline of a single course. More...

profile - Literally "draw in outline" or "shown by a thread," from Latin pro, "forth," and filum, "thread." More...

scarify - From Greek skariphasthai, "to scratch an outline," it now means "to break up the surface of." More...

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