Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

deponent

Definition:(noun) A person who testifies or gives a deposition.
Synonyms:testifier
Usage: In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" verbs in a clause. Auxiliary verbs can be identified by two main criteria. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

What Lights the Firefly

Commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs, the carnivorous beetles of the family Lampyridae are named for their use of bioluminescence when attracting mates or prey. Fireflies are capable of producing red, yellow, or green "cold light" containing no ultraviolet or infrared rays. Approximately 90% of the energy used in the process is converted to visible light—compared to 10% for incandescent electric bulbs, which emit the remainder of their energy as heat. How do fireflies produce their light? More...
This Day in History

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Returns (1806)

In May 1804, about 40 men left St. Louis, Missouri, and headed west on an expedition initiated by US President Thomas Jefferson to search out an overland route to the Pacific Ocean, make contact with indigenous peoples, and survey the new Louisiana Purchase. More than two years later, the party returned to great acclaim. Their journey had an incalculable effect on the history of the American West. Who accompanied the explorers and helped them negotiate with the Native Americans they encountered? More...
Today's Birthday

John Coltrane (1926)

Coltrane was an influential American jazz saxophonist and composer. He worked with numerous big bands before emerging in the 1950s as a major stylist while playing with Miles Davis. His playing exhibited a dazzling technical brilliance as well as ardent emotion. Coltrane made a number of influential recordings, among them the 1960s classics My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. He was deeply spiritual and interested in all religions. What church made him a saint after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two sorts of beauty, one of the mind, the other of the body; that of the mind displays and exhibits itself in intelligence, in modesty, in honorable conduct, in generosity, in good breeding...and when it is this sort of beauty...that is the attraction, love is apt to spring up suddenly and violently.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

wash (someone's) mouth out (with soap)

To punish someone for using rude, vulgar, or obscene language by cleaning their mouth with soap (usually used merely as a threat). More...
Today's Holiday

Erau Festival (2020)

This Indonesian festival takes place in Tenggarong, in the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Today the Erau Festival is celebrated for as long as a week around September 24, the anniversary of the city's founding, though many of the ceremonies performed during the festival go back much further. The festival opens with special blessing and purification ceremonies, followed by musical and dance performances, art exhibits, and more traditional Dayak ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scent

breath - From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell." More...

flair - Comes from Latin fragrare, "smell sweet," and was first the ability to detect the "essence" or "scent" of something and know how to act accordingly. More...

red herring - Something intended to be misleading or distracting, so named from the practice of using the scent of red herring in training hounds. More...

relish - First meant "odor, scent," then "taste, flavor." More...

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