Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

febricity

Definition:(noun) The condition of having a fever.
Synonyms:feverishness, pyrexia
Usage: His febricity was an indication that his wound had become infected.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Causative Verbs

Causative verbs indicate that a person, place, or thing is causing an action or an event to happen. What are some examples of causative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

City of the Dead

A necropolis, Greek for "city of the dead," is a large cemetery or burial ground. The term typically is used in reference to burial grounds that lie in close proximity to centers of ancient civilization. In fantasy literature, the word necropolis takes on a different connotation, often describing cities populated by zombies or the undead. The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, which dates back to 2500 BCE, is probably the world's oldest necropolis. Why did ancient Romans adopt the necropolis? More...
This Day in History

The Yom Kippur War Begins (1973)

Tensions between Israel and the surrounding Arab states have existed since the establishment of the former in 1948 and have come to a head in several armed conflicts over the years. In 1973, on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur—which fell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan—Egyptian troops attacked Israel across the Suez Canal while Syrian forces advanced from the north. Though caught off guard, Israel managed to repel the attacks. Why might attacking on this day have been a tactical mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick VII of Denmark (1808)

The last absolute monarch of Denmark, if only for the first year of his reign, Frederick VII faced popular demonstrations calling for political reforms almost as soon as he ascended the throne. He acceded to many of the demands, appointing a liberal ministry, renouncing absolute rule, and adopting a representative government, but he rejected a proposal to cede a portion of Schleswig to Prussia. His position on this issue eventually led to war with Prussia. What was the popular king's motto? More...
Quotation of the Day
Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

short on looks

Homely; rather plain or unattractive; not aesthetically pleasing. More...
Today's Holiday

Red Flannel Festival (2018)

Held in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the Red Flannel Festival has its share of distinctive traditions. Scheer's Lumberjack Show features demonstrations by real lumberjacks who chop wood, speed-climb trees, and throw axes. The Keystope Kops, the icon of the festival, circulate the crowd to "arrest" offenders who do not wear red. Other festivities include a Prince and Princess Contest, a grand parade, and a window decorating contest. Two other established traditions, the Horseshow Throwing Contest and the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant, date back to the inaugural festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tremble

quaver - Came from the now obsolete Middle English quave, "tremble." More...

didder, dither - To didder or dither is to tremble or shake. More...

tremble - From the Proto Indo-European base trem-, "shake." More...

tremendous - Based on Latin tremere, "to tremble." More...

In the News

This Ancient Beaver Outlived the Dinosaurs

How did a 3-foot-long, furry, plant-loving beaver-like animal with buck-teeth outlive the dinosaurs? New fossil remains found in New Mexico provide scientists with some important clues. "It's interesting that this odd, now extinct group, was among the ... More...
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