Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

apologue

Definition:(noun) A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters.
Synonyms:allegory, parable, fable
Usage: The minister liked to incorporate apologues into his sermons, thinking the moral tales about sly foxes and witty rabbits would appeal to the children in the congregation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dashes

There are two similar but distinct punctuation marks called dashes: the en dash ( – ) and the em dash ( — ). What are en dashes used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

Pandora

According to Greek mythology, Zeus ordered that the first woman, Pandora, be created as a punishment to humankind for Prometheus's theft of fire. The gods endowed her with every charm, but also with curiosity and deceit. Zeus sent her to marry Prometheus's brother, Epimetheus, and gave her a box that he forbade her to open. Despite Prometheus's warnings, Epimetheus allowed Pandora to open the box, letting out all the evils that have since afflicted man. What alone remained inside the box? More...
This Day in History

Tilden Wins Popular Vote, Loses US Presidential Election (1877)

One of the most disputed presidential elections in American history was decided by a single electoral vote, which was likely awarded in an informal deal behind closed doors. Democratic candidate Samuel J. Tilden not only won the popular vote in the 1876 election, but secured 184 electoral votes to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes's 165—until a bitter, months-long political battle ended with Hayes being awarded 20 contested votes. What did the Democrats gain in the so-called Compromise of 1877? More...
Today's Birthday

Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make a hole in (something)

To take, use up, or deplete a large amount of money available in something, such as a budget, one's wallet, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Lantern Festival (Yuan Hsiao Chieh) (2018)

The Lantern Festival is a festival of lights that ends the Chinese New Year celebrations and marks the first full moon of the new lunar year. On the night of the festival, the streets are bright with both lanterns and streamers, and people go out in throngs to see the displays. Other customs include eating round, stuffed dumplings and solving "lantern riddles"—riddles that are written on pieces of paper and stuck to the lanterns. In many areas, children parade with lanterns of all shapes and sizes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tree trunk

pirogue - A canoe made from a tree trunk. More...

tree ring - Any of the concentric rings of the cross-section of a tree trunk, representing a year's growth, or the layer of wood produced by a year's growth in a woody plant; also called annual ring. More...

block - Derives from Middle Dutch blok, "tree trunk." More...

snag - Literally first meant a stump on a tree trunk or a piece of timber underwater that obstructed navigation. More...

In the News

How a MIT Team Made Solar Cells as Thin as Soap Bubbles

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the thinnest and lightest solar cells ever made, which could eventually be used to power the next generation of personal electronics. The process of creating the small flexible cells ... More...
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