Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

faint-hearted

Definition:(adjective) Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.
Synonyms:timid
Usage: Crupp...became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavor to hide her portly form behind doors...or would shrink into dark corners.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Adjectives vs. Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative adjectives are often confused with demonstrative pronouns, because "this," "that," "these," and "those" can serve both functions. If you think about the role of an adjective and the role of a pronoun, though, you'll see that they're not so confusing after all. Why? More...
Article of the Day

TlhIngan Hol

TlhIngan Hol is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. The language was first heard on screen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and was subsequently developed into a full language by linguist Marc Okrand. Deliberately designed to be "alien," it contains many peculiarities, such as object-verb-subject word order. However, a few dedicated Trekkies can actually converse in Klingon. What literary works have been translated into Klingon? More...
This Day in History

The Chicago Flood (1992)

The source of the water pouring into the basements of buildings in the Chicago Loop area had not yet been identified when reports of live fish in the water began surfacing. This helped lead a reporter to the source of the flood—a leak in an old tunnel that ran underneath the Chicago River. It turned out that the leak had been discovered months earlier, but the city had failed to repair it in a timely fashion, allowing it to worsen and eventually inundate the area with how much river water? More...
Today's Birthday

Philippe de Rothschild (1902)

A member of the aristocratic Rothschild banking family, Philippe was one of the most successful winemakers in the world. In the 1920s, the wealthy French playboy took up Grand Prix motor racing, among other pursuits, but soon withdrew to focus on the family vineyard. He spent decades building the Château Mouton Rothschild label, finally achieving Premier Cru—or First Growth—status in 1973. His idea for bottle labels became an enduring part of his vineyard's image. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accountability, n.: The mother of caution.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

there is (a) method to (one's) madness

There is a specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may seem crazy or absurd to another person. More...
Today's Holiday

French Quarter Festival (2018)

The French Quarter Festival celebrates Louisiana's distinctive musical and culinary traditions. Held in New Orleans, the festival features performances by local and other Louisiana musicians as well as those foreign musicians influenced by Louisiana's musical traditions. Scores of bands perform at various sites throughout the French Quarter (also called the Vieux Carré). Sixty local restaurants operate food booths on the festival grounds, offering spectators the best in Louisiana cooking. In recent years, close to 300,000 people have attended this three-day event. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tower

tower - A group of giraffes. More...

spire, steeple - A spire is the tall pointed roof of a tower or the tall pointed structure on top of a steeple; a steeple is the tower plus the spire. More...

ziggurat - A tower in the form of a terraced pyramid. More...

Big Ben - Not the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament but the bell itself. More...

In the News

Massive 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil discovered, 'one of the largest animals ever'

The massive jawbone of a 205-million-year-old ichthyosaur has been discovered in southwestern England, making it "one of the largest animals to ever live" — it was nearly the size of a blue whale. The findings, published in the journal PLOS, show that ... More...
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