Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

hautboy

Definition:(noun) A slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece.
Synonyms:oboe
Usage: What hautboys and Zamora bagpipes we shall hear, what tabors, timbrels, and rebecks!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Nearly every grammar guide agrees that it is acceptable and often more correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition than to rewrite the sentence specifically to avoid it. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Shell Shock

During World War I, shell shock was considered a psychiatric illness resulting from injury to the nerves during combat. The condition is now known as combat stress reaction, a military term used to categorize a range of behaviors resulting from the stresses of battle. Symptoms include fatigue, slowed reaction time, indecision, disconnection from one's surroundings, and the inability to prioritize. Why did some argue during the Vietnam War that distressed soldiers should be sent back to combat? More...
This Day in History

Jan Hus Is Burned at the Stake (1415)

A Bohemian religious reformer, Hus was excommunicated in 1411 after taking a stand in the power struggle among the three figures claiming to be pope of the Catholic Church. He continued to preach, but his criticism led to a case of heresy against him, and he was invited to the Council of Constance to explain his views. Though promised safe conduct to the council, he was arrested, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. What seemingly prescient thing did Hus do before traveling to Constance? More...
Today's Birthday

John Paul Jones (1747)

One of the greatest heroes of the US Navy, Jones emigrated from Scotland at the start of the American Revolution. In 1779, while commanding the Bonhomme Richard, he engaged the British Serapis in battle. With his ship on fire and sinking, he answered a call to surrender by saying, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Eventually, the crew of the badly damaged Serapis surrendered, and Jones and his men boarded her. Where were Jones's remains—lost for over a century—found in 1905? More...
Quotation of the Day
Churchmen in peace and quiet pray to Heaven for the welfare of the world, but we soldiers and knights carry into effect what they pray for...Thus are we God's ministers on earth and the arms by which his justice is done therein.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

great cry and little wool

A great deal of fuss, noise, fanfare, or protestation over something of little or no substance, importance, or relevance. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Schooner Race (2018)

The Great Schooner Race is held off the shore of Rockland, Maine. Since 1977 the race has featured schooners from the Maine Windjammer Association and a number of other large sailing ships—usually 25 to 30 in all. The race begins at Isleboro Island and ends in Rockland, where the boats parade through Penobscot Bay. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wheels

gurney - A stretcher with wheels. More...

axel, axle - Axel is the figure-skating jump; axle is the pin or rod between two wheels. More...

dry steering - The act of turning the wheels of a car that is not moving. More...

three-point landing - An aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously. More...

In the News

'Welcome to Jupiter!' NASA's Juno Space Probe Arrives at Giant Planet

NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. "Welcome to Jupiter!" flashed on screens at mission control at ... More...
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