Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

buskin

Definition:(noun) A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
Synonyms:half boot
Usage: He wore pale yellow buskins that covered the scars just above his ankles.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Past Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the past tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a point in time in the past. When is the past perfect continuous used? More...
Article of the Day

Smog

A combination of the words "smoke" and "fog," smog is a kind of air pollution that plagues cities throughout the world. Smog can form in almost any climate but is worse during periods of warm, sunny weather, when it can build up to dangerous levels and cause a number of health problems. It has even led to acute incidents in which thousands of people in a single metropolitan area have been killed. In what city did the Great Smog of 1952 kill approximately 4,000 people over a four-day period? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Los Angeles (1942)

The "Battle of Los Angeles" is the name given by contemporary sources to the imaginary enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage that took place over Los Angeles, California, just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reports of an imminent strike on the city led to the sounding of air raid sirens, the imposition of a blackout, and the firing of 1,400 shells at supposed Japanese aircraft, killing several US civilians. What may have actually prompted the bombardment? More...
Today's Birthday

Winslow Homer (1836)

A preeminent figure in American art, Homer was a largely self-taught landscape painter and printmaker. He trained as a lithographer, then became a freelance illustrator. As a correspondent for Harper's Weekly, he won international acclaim for his depictions of the Civil War battlefront. In 1876, he abandoned illustration to devote himself to painting, later settling in coastal Maine, where the local people and seascapes became the focus of his art. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
That's the reason they're called lessons...because they lessen from day to day.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

yell silently

To think angry thoughts without verbalizing them. More...
Today's Holiday

Maha Shivaratri (2017)

Legend says that on this night Lord Shiva, the great god of destruction (who is also the restorer), danced the Tandav, his celestial dance of Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Hindu devotees eat only once on the day before this "Night of Shiva," and then fast and tell stories about him. In India, pilgrims throng the Shiva shrines in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu), Kalahasti (Andhra Pradesh), and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), where special celebrations are held. Mandi in Himachal Pradesh becomes one big party. Devotees carry deities on temple chariots, and there are folk dances and folk music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snake

squamous, squamulose - A fish or snake can be squamous or squamulose—covered with minute scales. More...

adder - A snake, it was first "a nadder," which was misanalyzed to "an adder." More...

snark - A blend of snake and shark by Lewis Carroll, it is a synonym for "snore" or "snort." More...

tang - The tongue of a snake. More...

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