Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

hearth

Definition:(noun) The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.
Synonyms:fireside
Usage: They sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Indirect Objects

An indirect object is the person or thing who receives the direct object of the verb. Where do indirect objects appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Danites

In 1838, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Caldwell County, Missouri, founded a fraternal organization known as the Danites. Though it is believed that the Danites operated as a vigilante group during the Mormon War, historians disagree as to the exact nature and scope of the organization. Nevertheless, the Danites and their alleged atrocities have become part of Mormon folklore and were even featured in the first novel starring which fictional detective? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Ames Patents His "Revolving Stairs," Now Known as the Escalator (1859)

Although no working model of his design was ever built, Ames is credited with patenting the first escalator. His idea for the "revolving stairs" was largely speculative. It was not until the 1890s that the first working escalator—called the "inclined elevator"—was produced, based on another's designs. It was installed among the amusements at New York's Coney Island but did not remain a novelty for long. How did shoppers react when Harrods in London debuted its first escalator in 1898? More...
Today's Birthday

Pamela Lyndon "P. L." Travers (1899)

Australian-born British actress, journalist, and novelist P. L. Travers is best remembered for her series of fictional children's books about the prim, vain, imperious, acerbic, and mysteriously magical nanny Mary Poppins. The books were a great success, and Disney's award-winning 1964 film adaptation made the author even more famous. Travers worked as an adviser on the film, but in the end she was unhappy with it and never allowed anyone related to the production to adapt her work again. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soul most free is that most bound in thraldom to the ancient tyrant Love.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

out of house and home

Evicted; no longer having someplace to live. More...
Today's Holiday

Bat Flight Breakfast (2018)

Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 not only for its geologic formations but for its teeming bat population. Although many visitors to the park witness the bats' spectacular outbound flight at sunset, far fewer witness their return—except those who attend the annual Bat Flight Breakfast. About 400 people arrive at the cave before sunrise on the second Thursday in August and eat sausages and scrambled eggs in their official yellow "bat breakfast hats" while they wait for the bats to return to their roosts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hunger

famine, famish - Famine and famish come from Latin fames, "hunger." More...

dissatisfied, unsatisfied - Only a person can be dissatisfied, while an abstract thing (such as hunger) can be unsatisfied. More...

piece de resistance - The original context for piece de resistance is what one is able to resist by eating the big dish—pangs of hunger. More...

In the News

Your Instagram Feed May Reveal If You Have Depression, Study Finds

Your Instagram feed may be better at recognizing signs of depression than your doctor, according to a study from researchers at Harvard University and the University of Vermont. Researchers used a machine learning computer program to analyze 43,950 ... More...
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