Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

zaftig

Definition:(adjective) Having a full, shapely figure.
Synonyms:buxom
Usage: The fashion industry has recently increased the visibility of zaftig models.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences vs. Imperative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. That is, it talks about that which is asserted to be true. How do declarative sentences differ from imperative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Janissaries

Taking their name from the Turkish yeniçeri—meaning "new troop"—Janissaries were elite members of the Ottoman Empire's army from the late 14th to the early 19th century. Originally formed using of prisoners of war, the corps later "recruited" members through a "blood tax" known as devsirme, which required Balkan vassals to hand over Christian youths to be converted to Islam and placed in the service of the sultan. What early firearms were commonly used by the Janissaries? More...
This Day in History

Suspicious Airshow Accident Kills Aviator B. H. DeLay (1923)

Just two decades after the Wright brothers produced the first manned, power-driven plane, aviator B. H. DeLay started performing stunt-filled airshows. His repertoire included tail spins, barrel rolls, and loop-the-loops, and he went on to execute air stunts in more than 50 films. At age 31, DeLay died in an airshow plane crash. In the midst of a loop, the wings of his plane folded back, and it plummeted to the ground. After the crash, there were rumors of sabotage. When was the mystery solved? More...
Today's Birthday

Ann Landers (1918)

In 1955, Esther "Eppie" Friedman began doling out advice to the public in the name of famed columnist Ann Landers. Ruth Crowley had originated the role, and when she died, Friedman took over the column, gaining a following of some 90 million readers with her witty-but-tough style. Though Friedman sometimes drew criticism for taking on controversial topics, such as abortion and prostitution, she received wide support after discussing her divorce. What was her connection to her rival "Dear Abby"? More...
Quotation of the Day
All idealization makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

moral compass

That which serves or guides a person's knowledge, sense, or intuition of correct virtues, morals, or ethics. More...
Today's Holiday

Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration (2018)

The village of Plymouth Notch, Vermont, is where Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th president of the United States, spent his boyhood and was sworn in as president by his father following the death of Warren Harding in 1923. On the Fourth of July each year, the anniversary of Coolidge's birth, there is a noontime march from the green near the Plymouth Post Office to the Notch Cemetery, led by a Vermont National Guard colorguard with a bugler and a chaplain. The White House sends a wreath, which is laid at the President's tomb. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intellect

heart - As the seat of feeling and intellect, heart has been used since around 825. More...

intellect, intelligent - Intellect and intelligent come from Latin intelligere, "perceive" or "understand." More...

intelligible - Means "understandable through the intellect." More...

inwit - Usually means "an inner sense of right or wrong," but its more general meaning is "reason, intellect, understanding, or wisdom." More...

In the News

Spiders can float in the air, and scientists just figured out how they lift off

Spiders fall from the sky all the time. Most airborne spiders are small and scattered, so they often go unnoticed, except when they descend all at once. A rain of spiders drowned the Australian town of Goulburn in silk in 2015. A Goulburn resident who ... More...
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