Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

contumely

Definition:(noun) A rude expression intended to offend or hurt.
Synonyms:insult, revilement, vilification, abuse
Usage: I can bear Dishonor, public insult, many shames, Shrill scorn, and open contumely, but he Who filches from me something that is mine ... he Perils his soul and body in the theft And dies for his small sin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming a Compound Sentence with a Semicolon

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance. When can we join the clauses using a semicolon without a conjunction? More...
Article of the Day

The Battle of Alcatraz

A failed escape from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary by six inmates in 1946 prompted a massive security response involving the San Francisco Police Department, US Coast Guard, FBI, Air Force, and Marines. Two guards and three prisoners were killed during the two-day confrontation that has come to be known as "The Battle of Alcatraz," and two more prisoners were later executed for their role in the incident. How many years passed before prisoners attempted another escape from Alcatraz? More...
This Day in History

Skylab Returns to Earth (1979)

Five years after it was abandoned in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab began to fall back toward Earth. The impending re-entry and breakup became an international media event, as it was unclear exactly when or where the debris would land. News organizations went so far as to offer rewards for surviving pieces of the spacecraft. The debris finally crashed to Earth in Western Australia, earning NASA a $400 fine for littering from the Shire of Esperance. When was the fine paid? More...
Today's Birthday

John Quincy Adams (1767)

The son of a US president, Adams accompanied his father on diplomatic missions as a child and began his own political career at 14. A talented ambassador, he became secretary of state under President James Monroe. In 1824, he defeated Andrew Jackson in the presidential race, but he was unpopular in this role and lost to Jackson in the next election. He was then elected to Congress, where he served until his death. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he defended what famous mutineers in 1841? More...
Quotation of the Day
A steady hand in governing of military affairs is more requisite than in times of peace, because an error committed in war may, perhaps, prove irremediable.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (2017)

The Fast of Tammuz commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, when the Babylonians conquered Judah and destroyed the Temple. After 70 years the people returned and rebuilt the Temple. The Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, dooming both the city and its Temple for the second time. This time the destruction and the scattering of the people had a far more tragic finality. Another event associated with this day is the shattering of the first Tablets of the Law by Moses. The Fast begins Three Weeks of mourning lasting until Tisha be-Av. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: smile

smilet - A little smile. More...

mandarin crease, risorius of Santorini - Below each side of the mouth is the mandarin crease; the muscle that pulls the corners up to smile is the risorius of Santorini. More...

miracle - From Latin miraculum, "object of wonder"; its ultimate root meant "to smile upon." More...

gelasin - The dimples that appear when you smile are gelasins. More...

In the News

Mountain Lion Kittens Found near Los Angeles Are an Adorable Find

The National Park Service is busy making cat videos. Researchers from the Park Service found two separate litters of mountain lion kittens living in the Santa Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles. The NPS has released videos of the kittens, which the ... More...
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