Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

gazebo

Definition:(noun) A freestanding, roofed, usually open-sided structure providing a shady resting place.
Synonyms:summerhouse
Usage: There was a gazebo about a quarter-mile away from the mansion where we would talk, surrounded by nature and protected from the sun.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Auxiliary Inversion

Inversion refers to the reversal of the normal position of the subject and the auxiliary verb of a clause. Subject-auxiliary inversion is commonly used to create what kind of sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Molecular Machines

A molecular machine is a minute mechanism consisting of molecular components that perform mechanical-like movements in response to specific stimuli. Chemists have synthesized a number of simple molecular machines, including molecular propellers and molecular motors, the latter of which are powered by light or reactions with other molecules and are capable of unidirectional rotation. Far more complex biological versions of these artificial nanomachines are found in living cells. What do they do? More...
This Day in History

Delano Grape Strike Begins (1965)

In late 1965, California grape workers went on strike to protest poor pay and labor conditions. Labor leader César Chávez soon took up their cause, and in 1966, he and his followers began a 340-mi (547-km) trek from Delano to the state capitol to raise awareness of the farm workers' plight. The march began with 75 people and ended in a rally of 10,000 people on the capitol steps. Many Americans rallied to their cause and boycotted table grapes. The strike lasted five years and accomplished what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe (1749)

Marie Thérèse was a French aristocrat and confidant of Queen Marie Antoinette, who met with members of the National Assembly in Thérèse's salon. As the French Revolution escalated, Thérèse attempted to stir English support for the monarchy but was soon imprisoned with the queen. After refusing to oppose the monarchy, she was delivered to a bloodthirsty mob that murdered and mutilated her in the September Massacres of 1792. After her head was cut off, it was placed on a pike and brought where? More...
Quotation of the Day
The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence...Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

go off the handle

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. More...
Today's Holiday

Our Lady of Nazare Festival (2018)

The Church of Our Lady of Nazareth in Nazaré was built near the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have saved the life of Fuas Roupinho, who was pursuing a deer when a sudden sea mist arose and caused him to lose his bearings. The Virgin halted his horse in its tracks—a hoof-print is still visible—and Roupinho discovered that he was on the brink of a cliff. The annual festival that takes place in the town's main square begins on September 8, the anniversary of the miracle, and includes bullfights, musical concerts, and folk dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rolling

beachcomber - A long wave rolling in from the sea. More...

sprag - A block placed behind a car wheel to keep it from rolling down a hill. More...

keep the ball rolling - An allusion to rugby or bandy. More...

voluble - "Flowing with speech, talkative"; such a person has words "rolling" off his or her tongue. More...

In the News

3.7-Billion-Year-Old Fossils May Be the Oldest Signs of Life on Earth

Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago. It's a stunning announcement in a scientific field ... More...
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