Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

midpoint

Definition:(noun) A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.
Synonyms:center
Usage: I measured the width of the picture frame and calculated its midpoint so that I could hang it properly on the wall.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Possessive Determiners

Possessive determiners, also known as "possessive adjectives," are a class of determiners that are used to modify nouns to denote possession. They take the place of the definite article "the" and state whom or what an item belongs to. We use a different possessive determiner to correspond with each personal pronoun. What possessive determiner corresponds to the personal pronoun "I"? More...
Article of the Day

Jehovah's Witnesses

Famous for their door-to-door evangelizing, Jehovah's Witnesses are members of an international religious movement founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Charles T. Russell in 1872. The group's beliefs are based primarily on the apocalyptic portions of the Bible, and their primary goal is the establishment of God's kingdom on Earth. Several of their beliefs are controversial; members refrain from performing military service or saluting the flag, and they refuse what type of medical procedure? More...
This Day in History

The Dalton Gang Holds Up Its First Train (1891)

After US Marshall Frank Dalton was killed in the line of duty, three of his nine brothers—Bob, Grat, and Emmett—became lawmen themselves. However, they soon decided that they preferred the other side of the law. Aided by another Dalton brother, Bill, the gang held up its first train in 1891. It did not go well. Undeterred, the brothers embarked on a train-robbing spree across much of the western US, which ended when the townspeople of Coffeyville, Kansas, saw through what unsuccessful disguise? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Leakey (1913)

The daughter of an artist, Leakey had little formal education, but her love of archaeology led her to work on excavations, initially as an illustrator. Digging in Africa—often with her husband, fellow archaeologist Louis Leakey—she made some of anthropology's most significant finds, including a 20-million-year-old skull and a set of hominid footprints preserved in volcanic ash. When she was a youth, what incident resulted in her being expelled from a convent school for the second time? More...
Quotation of the Day
"Always suspect everybody." That's the maxim to go through life with!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

lose no time (in) doing (something)

To do something immediately or as expediently as possible. More...
Today's Holiday

Sàmi National Holiday (2018)

The Sàmi people are indigenous to the arctic area of the Nordic countries. At the end of the 1800s, the Norwegian government implemented policies of Norwegianization. However, attitudes changed by the mid-1950s, and Norwegian authorities recognized the importance of maintaining the Sàmi culture. February 6 is recognized as Sàmi National Holiday in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This day is full of activities that celebrate the Sàmi culture. First celebrated in 1993, it has become a popular event and a time for the indigenous Sàmi people to celebrate their cultural identity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laugh

deride - From Latin de-, "completely," and ridere, "laugh at." More...

keak - To cackle, laugh at. More...

fleer - To laugh in a disrespectful or jeering way. More...

flizzen - To laugh with the whole face. More...

In the News

Whale Hello: Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech, Researchers Find

Say hello to an orca, and it might say hello back — or at least try to. An international team of researchers, working with two orcas at an aquarium in France, have found that the whales were able to replicate the sounds of human speech, including ... More...
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