Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

apiarist

Definition:(noun) One who keeps bees, specifically one who cares for and raises bees for commercial or agricultural purposes.
Synonyms:apiculturist, beekeeper
Usage: Profits from the sale of honey comprised only a small portion of the apiarist's income.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose (sometimes called adverbs of reason) tell us why something happens or is the case. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. What parts of speech generally make up adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Mayakovsky, a Russian poet and playwright, was one of the foremost representatives of early 20th century Russian Futurism. A leader of the Futurist school in 1912, he went on to become the poetic voice of the Russian Revolution. His poetry is unique in its rhythm, rhyme, and imagery. Written almost entirely in metaphors, his 1915 poem The Cloud in Trousers describes the agony of unrequited love. Mayakovsky was one of the few Soviet writers allowed by the state to do what? More...
This Day in History

The Night of Tlatelolco (1968)

Just 10 days before Mexico City hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics, government forces opened fire on student and civilian protesters gathered in a plaza in the Tlatelolco section of the city. The official government explanation was that students provoked the army's violence by firing at them from the buildings surrounding the plaza and that only four people had been killed. Investigations were thwarted until Vicente Fox became president in 2000. What is now believed to have happened that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard III of England (1452)

Richard III was made a duke after his brother Edward of York deposed the weak Lancastrian king Henry VI and assumed power. Richard and Edward were driven into exile in 1470 but returned and defeated the Lancastrians the next year. On Edward's death, Richard became protector for Edward's son, the 12-year-old King Edward V, but he usurped the throne and confined Edward and his brother to the Tower of London, where they were likely murdered. Who defeated Richard to become England's next monarch? More...
Quotation of the Day
But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
And knows no disappointment.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

scream (one's) head off

To scream or yell very loudly and lengthily. More...
Today's Holiday

Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday) (2018)

October 2 is a national holiday in India to commemorate the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who came to be known as Mahatma ("great soul") Gandhi. At this time, pilgrimages are made from throughout the country to the Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi, where Gandhi was cremated. Many communities also hold spinning and weaving sessions in his honor. Gandhi was the leader of the movement for Indian nationalism, the 20th century's great prophet of nonviolence, and a religious innovator who encouraged a reformed, liberal Hinduism. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: needle

gab - In mechanics, a hook or a notch in a rod or lever that then engages with a pin or needle. More...

in the groove - An allusion to the reproduction of music by a needle on a gramophone record. More...

needle - Has the same Indo-European base as Latin nere, "to spin," and Greek nema, "thread." More...

feed dog - The part of a sewing machine that feeds the material under the needle. More...

In the News

Strange Reptile Fossil Puzzles Scientists

A 200-million-year-old reptile is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world. Newly discovered fossils suggest Drepanosaurus had huge hooked claws to dig insects from bark, much like today's anteaters in the forests of Central ... More...
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