Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

masjid

Definition:(noun) A Muslim place of worship.
Synonyms:mosque
Usage: Though her friends prayed there often, this was her first visit to the masjid.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency (sometimes called frequency adverbs) tell us how often something happens or is the case. They cannot be used to modify what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Solar Wind

A solar wind is a stream of ionized hydrogen, helium, and other heavy ions that radiates outward from the sun and reaches velocities of about 1 million mph (1.6 million km/h) during “quiet” periods. It pushes the gas of comets' tails away from the Sun, and its “gusts” cause geomagnetic disturbances and auroras on Earth. It is believed that the solar wind has stripped away up to 1/3 of Mars' original atmosphere. What protects the Earth's atmosphere? More...
This Day in History

Germany, Italy, and Japan Sign Tripartite Pact (1940)

The World War II alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan was fully realized in September 1940, with the signing of the Tripartite Pact. The agreement called for the Axis Powers to come to each other's aid if attacked by a nation not already involved in the European War or the Sino-Japanese Conflict and to assist one another in their efforts to "establish and maintain a new order of things"—Germany and Italy in Europe and Japan in Greater East Asia. How did the treaty get the nickname "Roberto"? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophia Alekseyevna (1657)

Sophia Alekseyevna seized power in Russia after the death of her father, Czar Feodor III, and became regent during the minority of her disabled brother, Ivan V, and her half-brother, Peter I. She brutally eliminated her opponents and ruled dictatorially with her lover, Vasily V. Gallitzin. She aspired to be crowned czarina, but lacked support from the nobility and clergy. When it was rumored that she intended to kill Peter to become sole ruler, he overthrew the regency and confined her where? More...
Quotation of the Day
A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Cosmas and Damian Day (Brazil) (2018)

Legend has Cosmas and Damian as twin brothers from Syria who were brought up in the Christian faith and who devoted their lives to medicine. As doctors they refused payment for their services, instead asking those who benefited from their healing to believe in Christ. In Brazil, the feast of Cosmas and Damian is celebrated on September 27 and it is traditional to give candy to children, since the saints are patrons of children. Yoruban mythology, which lives on through African Brazilians, tells of another set of holy twins, who are often associated with Cosmas and Damian. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: painter

paysagist - A painter of landscapes. More...

pointillist - A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist. More...

pictorial - First meant "pertaining to a painter or painting," as it derives from Latin pictor, "painter." More...

picturesque - Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter." More...

In the News

Giant Killer Lizards Lived Among Ice-Age Aussies

A tiny bone from underneath a lizard's skin has helped sketch a new picture of life for the first humans living in Australia during the last ice age. In short, there was a monster in their midst, one that could have grown to almost 20 feet long. A ... More...
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