Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

dieresis

Definition:(noun) A mark ( ¨ ) placed over the second of two adjacent vowels to indicate that they are to be pronounced as separate sounds rather than a diphthong, as in naïve.
Synonyms:umlaut
Usage: The presence of a dieresis might indicate that a word originated in a foreign language.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place generally appear immediately after the main verb in a sentence if it is intransitive, or else after the verb's object if it is transitive. Only two adverbs of place are very commonly used at the beginning of sentences. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep's milk with kefir grains, a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars. Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway and knocked by everyone passing through to help keep the milk and kefir grains mixed. Today, kefir is popular due to research into its health benefits. What are these benefits? More...
This Day in History

Marie Besnard Charged with Multiple Murders (1949)

Between 1927 and 1947, 13 of Besnard's family members and friends died under mysterious circumstances, and she became a wealthy woman by inheriting their fortunes. She gave bizarre explanations for some of the deaths, such as claiming that two people had eaten lye they mistook for a dessert. Her second husband remarked that he thought she was poisoning him, prompting the police to investigate his death. When they exhumed his body, they found arsenic. Why was Besnard acquitted of murder charges? More...
Today's Birthday

Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856)

Bethune was the first professional woman architect in the US and the first woman elected to the American Institute of Architects. After high school, she became an apprentice at a Buffalo, New York, architectural firm where she met her future husband, architect Robert Bethune. They married in 1881 and opened their own firm, which designed several hundred buildings throughout New York in the Romanesque revival style popular in the late 19th century. What building is considered her masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

an/the olive branch

A symbol, expression, or gesture of peace, reconciliation, truce, etc. Used most commonly in the phrase "hold out/offer (someone) an/the olive branch." More...
Today's Holiday

Belgium Independence Day (2018)

This public holiday, also known as the Belgium National Day, commemorates Belgium's independence from the Netherlands on July 21, 1831. Belgians had struggled against their rulers for 15 years. A revolt began in 1830, and the next year, the state of Belgium was formed and King Leopold I (1790-1865) was made its first king. Belgians sing "La Brabançonne," the national anthem, and observe their independence with festivities, especially in the capital city of Brussels. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: impact

fighting fire with fire - Early American settlers had to put out great prairie fires and learned that setting a circle or strip of land on fire could stop the path or lessen the impact of a big fire—giving us the phrase "fighting fire with fire." More...

freezing rain - Rain that freezes on impact with the ground or objects. More...

draw - The billiard ball's recoil after impact. More...

impinge, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate. More...

In the News

Two Newfound Alien Planets May Be Capable of Supporting Life

NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted four possibly rocky alien planets orbiting the same star, and two of these newfound worlds might be capable of supporting life. The four exoplanets circle a red dwarf — a star smaller and dimmer than the sun—called ... More...
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