Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

microbe

Definition:(noun) A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease.
Synonyms:germ, bug
Usage: By the time their teacher completed the unit on microbes, the science students had all become more cautious about their personal hygiene and food consumption.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common and Proper Nouns

Common nouns identify general, nonspecific people, places, or things. A proper noun names someone or something that is one of a kind, which is signified by the use of what? More...
Article of the Day

Stari Most

Stari Most, meaning "The Old Bridge," is a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is believed to have been the largest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built. Charged under pain of death to construct a bridge of such unprecedented dimensions, the architect that built it reportedly prepared for his own funeral on the day the scaffolding was finally removed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For what dangerous tradition do the people of Mostar use the bridge? More...
This Day in History

Dr. Crippen Hanged for Wife's Murder (1910)

More than 100 years after Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged for the alleged murder, dismemberment, and basement burial of his second wife, the controversial case continues to captivate. The case is compelling not only because it is so gruesome but also because Crippen became an international fugitive, fleeing with his lover aboard a Canada-bound ocean liner, and was the first criminal apprehended with the help of radiotelegraphy. What new evidence has called Crippen's guilt into question? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfonso the Wise, King of Castile and León (1221)

Alfonso X, son and successor of Ferdinand III, sought to become Holy Roman Emperor but eventually renounced his claim due to Spanish antagonism and papal opposition. He crushed revolts by Muslims in 1252 and nobles in 1254, but once his eldest son was killed while fighting the Moors in 1275, civil war for succession broke out between Ferdinand's children and Alfonso's second son, who succeeded him as Sancho IV. Why is Alfonso depicted in the House of Representatives chamber of the US Capitol? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a cat nap

A very brief but restful period of sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Pushkar Mela (2018)

Pushkar Fair is a camel fair and one of the best known of the Hindu religious fairs of India. It is held at Pushkar, the place where it is said a lotus flower slipped out of Lord Brahma's hands. Water sprang up where the petals fell and created the holy waters of Pushkar Lake. The commercial side of the fair features the sale of about 10,000 camels. Sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys are also sold there. Camel races are a highlight. On the night of the full moon (Kartika Purnima), devotees bathe in the waters of the lake and then make offerings of coconut and rice at the Brahma temple. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: linen

sash - From Arabic shash, first a roll of silk, linen, or gauze worn about the head, a turban. More...

lingerie - Entered English meaning "linen articles collectively," from French linge, "linen." More...

linsey-woolsey - First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound. More...

taffeta - Goes back to Persian taftah, "silken cloth, linen clothing." More...

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