Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

foundling

Definition:(noun) A deserted or abandoned child of unknown parentage.
Synonyms:abandoned infant
Usage: No one knew why an envelope containing images of a mountainous landscape had been tucked in the folds of the foundling's blanket.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Tense

The present tense is mostly used to identify the action of a verb as taking place in the present time. What is the present perfect tense, and why is it so named? More...
Article of the Day

Ambergris

Found floating in warm seas or washed up on the shore, ambergris is a solid, waxy substance formed in the intestines of sperm whales. Possessing a sweet, earthy odor, it has been used throughout history as a food flavoring and a material for jewelry, though its primary commercial use has been as a fixative in perfumes. However, because ambergris is quite rare and expensive, many of today's perfumes use synthetic replacements. What function does ambergris serve within the whale's digestive tract? More...
This Day in History

Sergei Krikalev, the "Last Soviet Citizen," Returns to Earth (1992)

In May 1991, the Soviet Union launched the Soyuz TM-12 mission to the Mir space station. Within months, all but one of the mission's crew members had returned to Earth. Krikalev, a Soviet flight engineer, stayed behind to help staff Mir and conduct experiments. That December, the USSR dissolved. When the cosmonaut finally returned to Earth the following spring, it was as a citizen of Russia. Krikalev has spent more time in space than any other human—how many days in total? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347)

Born in Siena, Italy, as Caterina Benincasa, Catherine claimed to have mystic visions beginning in early childhood. In 1370, in response to a vision, she began sending letters to prominent figures. She later traveled to Avignon and influenced Pope Gregory XI to end the "Babylonian captivity" of the papacy and return to Rome. Although she never learned to write, she dictated hundreds of letters and some notable mystic works. Catherine is believed to have suffered from what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

make a mark

To do something that makes one famous or successful; to do something that is very important or meaningful. More...
Today's Holiday

Palm Sunday (Austria) (2018)

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by people waving palm branches. In Austria and the Bavarian region of Germany, farmers make Palmbuschen by attaching holly leaves, willow boughs, and cedar twigs to the tops of long poles. After the Palmbuschen have been blessed in the local church, the farmers set them up in their fields or barns to ward off illness, to protect their crops from hail and drought, and to preserve their families from other disasters. The Palmbuschen are kept there throughout the year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: opportunity

El Dorado - A place offering fabulous wealth or opportunity (after the legendary place in South America, "the gilded one"). More...

ease - First meant "opportunity, ability," or "means to do something." More...

hint - First meant "an occasion or opportunity." More...

occasion - Once had the specific sense of "an opportunity for finding fault or giving offense." More...

In the News

Let There Be Light: German Scientists Test 'Artificial Sun'

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights ... More...
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