Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

bourdon

Definition:(noun) A pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone.
Synonyms:drone pipe
Usage: The continuous note emanating from the bourdon was hypnotic and carried the listener off into another world.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Perfect Tense

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. How else can the future perfect tense be used? More...
Article of the Day

Camels, the Even-Toed Ungulates

Camels, ruminant mammals of the family Camelidae, are well adapted to desert life, as they can live for several days without drinking and their broad, flat, two-toed feet do not sink in the sand. There are two species of true camel, the single-humped Arabian camel, a domesticated animal used in Arabia and N Africa, and the two-humped Bactrian camel of central Asia. The humps, fat stores that provide energy and water when metabolized, also aid in desert survival. How fast can a camel run? More...
This Day in History

The King's Cross Fire (1987)

Toward the end of the evening rush hour on November 18, 1987, a fire broke out beneath an escalator at King's Cross station in central London. The busy train station was still crowded with commuters, and while many escaped the resulting blaze, 31 fell victim. More than 60 others suffered injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to severe burns. It is believed that a discarded match likely sparked the conflagration. For how many years did the identity of one of the fire's victims remain a mystery? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (1945)

Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, serving from 1985 to 1995. Her family lived on Cherokee lands in Oklahoma before moving to San Francisco under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' relocation policy. Mankiller became involved in Native American issues there and returned to Oklahoma in 1977. She ascended the ranks of the male-dominated Cherokee society and improved relations between the Cherokees and the federal government. What health issues did she overcome during her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

not do a stroke (of work)

To not do any work at all. More...
Today's Holiday

World's Championship Duck-Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival (2018)

This annual sporting event in Stuttgart, Arkansas, was first held in 1936 and attracted 17 contestants. Today, there are hundreds of participants in the various calling events. This celebration of the waterfowl hunting season is held when the rice fields around Stuttgart have been harvested and the ducks have ample opportunity for feeding. The related events that have sprung up around the contest have been formalized as the Wings Over the Prairie Festival. Included are fun shoots, an arts and crafts fair, a sportsmen's dinner and dance, a 10K race, and a duck-gumbo cookoff. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stranger

extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household. More...

barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy." More...

stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside." More...

pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger." More...

In the News

Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp to Burned Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center ... More...
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