Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

gainsay

Definition:(verb) To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Synonyms:challenge, dispute
Usage: In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity; she was firm, and he dared not gainsay her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns to connect, emphasize, or provide clarification for ideas expressed in sentences. In this combination, the preposition always comes directly after the noun. What are some of the most common prepositions used with nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Sacrifice

Sacrifice, from the Latin word meaning "to make holy," is the practice of offering food, or the lives of animals or people, to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship. Biblical accounts of sacrifice begin with Cain's sacrifice of the fruit of the ground and Abel's sacrifice of the firstlings of his flock. In the New Testament, the symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb is frequently employed. What religion's practice of animal sacrifice led to a US Supreme Court case? More...
This Day in History

"Who Shot Phil?" Episode of EastEnders Airs (2001)

After five weeks of speculation and frenzied betting, Phil Mitchell's would-be assassin was finally revealed in a much-hyped episode of EastEnders, one of the longest running and most popular soap operas in the UK. Nearly 20 million people tuned in to watch the culmination of the "Who shot Phil?" storyline, causing the UK's third-largest power surge on record until that time. What major sporting event was postponed to accommodate the special episode's extended running time? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Spohr, "The Forgotten Master" (1784)

A highly respected German composer and violinist in the 19th century, Spohr has been largely neglected since then. After touring Europe, he became kapellmeister—leader of the orchestra—in Kassel, Germany, in 1822 and remained there for the rest of his life, eventually directing all of the city's music. Highly prolific, he wrote 15 violin concertos, nine symphonies, and many operas. In 1857, what accident put an end to Spohr's violin playing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

marry above (one's) station

To marry someone who is of a higher social class or standing than oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Merrie Monarch Festival (2018)

The Merrie Monarch Festival is a week of festivities in Hilo honoring Hawaii's King David Kalakaua (1836-1891), who reigned from 1874 to 1891, and gave the United States exclusive rights to maintain a naval station at Pearl Harbor. The week's events, starting on Easter, close with the world's largest hula competition on the last three nights. The top hula schools (hula halau) compete in ancient and modern hula. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: noisy

corroboree - A large, noisy gathering. More...

crash - May have been created as an imitation of the sound of noisy breaking, or may be a blend of craze and dash. More...

obstreperous - Meaning "clamorous, noisy" and "argumentative," it is from Latin ob-, "against," and strepere, "to make a noise." More...

strepent, strepitent - Strepent and strepitent mean "noisy." More...

In the News

Bad News for Bats: Lethal White-Nose Fungus Is Now in the Pacific Northwest

A hiker who noticed a little brown bat dying on a trail near the slopes of the Cascade Mountains in western Washington did what he could to save it. He took it to an animal health center, but within two days it was gone. The death in mid-March seemed ... More...
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