Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 7, 2016)
Word of the Day

ennui

Definition:(noun) Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom.
Synonyms:boredom, tedium
Usage: On rainy days, of which we have had a good many of late, it is quite painful to witness his ennui.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ambitransitive Verbs

Some action verbs can be both transitive and intransitive, depending on the context of the sentence or what information the speaker wishes to include. These are sometimes known as "ambitransitive verbs." What are some examples of ambitransitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Megaliths

Thought to have been used for purposes ranging from burial chambers to devices that tracked astronomical events, megaliths are the large stones found in the Neolithic through Bronze Age constructions of the world's indigenous peoples. Though some megalithic structures are made of a single, freestanding stone, those built using multiple stones have stood without mortar or cement for millennia. What African megalith that predates Stonehenge by 1000 years is the oldest known astronomical device? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Mt. McKinley's South Peak (1913)

With a summit elevation of 20,320 ft (6,194 m), Alaska's Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. James Wickersham led the first recorded climbing attempt in 1903 but turned back at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). In 1910, a group known as the Sourdough expedition claimed to have summited its lower, northern peak. Three years later, explorer Hudson Stuck and three others made the first successful ascent of the South Summit—its true summit. How did Stuck's ascent verify the Sourdough climb? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvanus Griswold Morley (1883)

Morley was an American archaeologist who studied pre-Columbian Maya civilization throughout Central America, including at Copán, Honduras, Petén, Guatemala, and Chichén Itzá, Mexico. Though his archaeological work was widely recognized during his lifetime, it was only after his death that his other career was revealed—Morley worked as a spy for the US during World War I by searching for German submarine bases in Central America. His adventurous life may have inspired what famous film character? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

on (one's) tod

Without or not near to anyone else; on one's own; all alone. A shortening of the Cockney rhyming slang "on one's Tod Sloan," referring to a once-famous American horse jockey who fell into disrepute in the early 20th century and died penniless and alone. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

International Carillon Festival (2018)

The International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, attracts carillonneurs from France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as from the United States. The centerpiece of the festival is the Rees Memorial Carillon. The festival, instituted in 1962, features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and other compositions arranged for the carillon. The performances take place in Springfield's Washington Park, where listeners can sit the recommended 300 or more feet away. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sake

eristic - Means "enjoying argument for its own sake," or "of or pertaining to controversy." More...

fine art, commercial artwork - Fine art is any art created for its own sake, as opposed to commercial artwork. More...

heaven's sake - It is heaven's sake (not heavens' sake, heaven's sakes, etc.). More...

sensuous, sensual - Sensuous usually implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure; sensual usually describes gratification of the senses or physical appetites as an end in itself. More...

In the News

Could You Endure the World's Longest Nonstop Flight? Find Out Who's King of the Long Haul

As long flights go, Singapore Airlines' epic almost-19-hour, 9,534-mile journey from Newark to Singapore was once the standard-bearer against which all others were measured. But the all-business-class Flight 21 was scrubbed in 2013, some nine years after its ... More...
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