Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

unabashed

Definition:(adjective) Not disconcerted or embarrassed; poised
Synonyms:unembarrassed
Usage: And on this evening success stood at his back, patting him on the shoulder and telling him that he was making good, so that he could afford to laugh…and remain unabashed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Second Conditional

Second conditional sentences include a simple past tense verb in the "if clause" and a future tense verb in the main clause, preceded by the auxiliary verb "would." What do these sentences refer to? More...
Article of the Day

Urartu

Urartu was an ancient kingdom of Armenia and the site of a sophisticated agricultural and commercial civilization noted for its advanced metalworking and stonemasonry techniques. Although it flourished from the 13th to the 7th century BCE, the kingdom eventually dissolved after repeated invasions by the Cimmerians, Scythians, and Medes. First mentioned in Assyrian records from the 13th century BCE, many scholars believe the name Urartu is a variation of what Old Testament name? More...
This Day in History

The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping (1976)

Chowchilla is a small California town that made national headlines when kidnappers took control of a school bus full of children in 1976. The 26 children and their bus driver, Ed Ray, were driven around in two vans for 11 hours before being forced into a moving van buried in a quarry. After 16 hours underground, Ray and the children managed to escape. All were safely returned home, and the kidnappers were soon arrested. Who were they? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Iris Murdoch (1919)

An Irish-born novelist and philosopher, Murdoch studied at Cambridge under prominent philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein before pursuing a career in writing. Her novels focus on the idea that free will is illusory and depict humans as "accidental" creatures, seemingly free but actually bound to self, society, and the natural world. She penned 26 novels and many philosophical works before Alzheimer's ended her writing career. To what non-medical condition did she initially attribute her symptoms? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

be not worth a brass farthing

To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Basset Hound Games (2018)

The Basset Hound games are held annually at Legion Park in Woodburn, Oregon, as a way to bring together Basset Hound owners and their dogs in a day of light-hearted activities. The dogs compete in such custom-tailored Basset Hound events as longest ears, marathon napping, and the best howl. The public is welcome to view the games. The event is run by and raises money for Oregon Basset Hound Rescue, a non-profit group that fosters abandoned Basset Hounds and places them in permanent homes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physical

physical, physician - Physical and physician come from Latin physica, "things related to nature." More...

In the News

The Massive Volcano that Scientists Can't Find

It was 10 October 1465 – the day of the hotly anticipated wedding of King Alfonso II of Naples. He was set to marry the sophisticated Ippolita Maria Sforza, a noblewoman from Milan, in a lavish ceremony. As she entered the city, the crowds gasped. Before them ... More...
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