Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

peavey

Definition:(noun) A stout lever with a sharp spike; used for handling logs.
Synonyms:cant dog
Usage: The lumberjack rammed the peavey's spike into the log and rolled it toward the pile.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that is able to function grammatically like a noun in a sentence. What words most commonly begin a noun clause? More...
Article of the Day

The Water Clock

The clepsydra, or water clock, is an ancient timekeeper that operates by measuring the regulated flow of liquid into or out of a vessel. It is believed to have been used in Egypt as early as 2,000 BCE, making it one of the earliest known time-measurement devices. Early water clocks were calibrated with a sundial, and they remained the most accurate timekeeping devices until the invention of the pendulum clock in the 17th century. When did knowing the time become important to the common man? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More...
Quotation of the Day
If youth did not matter so much to itself it would never have the heart to go on.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

rob the till

To steal the earnings of a shop or restaurant from out of its cash register. More...
Today's Holiday

Aizu Byakko Matsuri (2018)

Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, they killed themselves. Each September to commemorate their courage, there is a procession of 500 warriors and a lantern procession through Aizu Wakamatsu, where the original members of the White Tiger Band are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toes

gronk, cheese, toe-jam - The stuff between your toes. More...

pantaraxia - Any actions aimed at keeping people on their toes. More...

plantar pad, digital pads - The plantar pad is the larger pad of a cat's foot; the digital pads are on the toes. More...

dactyl - Your dactyls are your toes. More...

In the News

Ancient Squirrel's Nest Leads to Discovery of Giant Virus

Thank an ancient squirrel, climate change, and French scientists for the new discovery of an ancient virus, Mollivirus sibericum, that sounds like it could launch a creepy movie. "Actually, there's already a science-fiction novel inspired by one of ... More...
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