Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

pedicab

Definition:(noun) A tricycle (usually propelled by pedaling); used in the Orient for transporting passengers for hire.
Synonyms:cycle rickshaw
Usage: Boys who once pulled rickshaws now pedal pedicabs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens or is the case; they can describe verbs and adjectives, but they do not modify other adverbs. What are adverbs of frequency also called? More...
Article of the Day

Copito de Nieve

The most popular resident of the Barcelona Zoo during his life, Copito de Nieve was an albino Western Lowland Gorilla—the only known albino gorilla. Originally captured in 1966 in what is now Equatorial Guinea, where he was called Nfumu Ngi, or "White Gorilla," he later gained fame as Copito de Nieve, Spanish for "Snowflake," a nickname given to him by National Geographic magazine. During his nearly 40 years in captivity, Snowflake fathered 22 offspring. How many survived to adulthood? More...
This Day in History

Russian Submarine K-141 Kursk Sinks in Barents Sea (2000)

While completing naval exercises with dummy torpedoes on August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two explosions two minutes and 15 seconds apart. The second explosion registered about a 3.5 on the Richter scale. The blasts destroyed the front hull, and all 118 crew members died. It was initially believed that the entire crew died quickly. However, what evidence later suggested that some survived in another area of the submarine for about four hours after the explosions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady (1856)

Financier and philanthropist "Diamond Jim" Brady exemplified the American Dream. He started out as a bellboy and messenger before getting a job with the New York Central Railroad and then working his way up through the industry, eventually amassing a fortune selling railroad supplies. With his newfound wealth, he indulged in his two greatest weaknesses: food—one restaurant owner reportedly called him "the best 25 customers I ever had"—and jewels. What was supposedly a typical meal for Brady? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

out of (one's) shell

Less shy, reserved, or reticent and in a more sociable, outgoing, or enthusiastic state. More...
Today's Holiday

Hora at Prislop (2018)

The Hora is a dancing festival held at Mount Prislop at the Transylvania-Moldavia border in Romania. The dancers of the hora carry big rings that symbolize the friendship of the people of the regions of Moldavia, Maramures, and Transylvania. The top artistic groups gather at Prislop Pass to present a parade in colorful folk costumes and then a program of songs and dances, ending with the lively peasant horas. Typical food dishes of the area are served and folk art is on display. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plunge

emergency - Comes from Latin emergere (e-, "from," and mergere, "to dip, plunge") and first meant "unforeseen occurrence." More...

merge - From Latin mergere, it first meant "immerse (oneself)." More...

dunk - Came from Pennsylvania/German dunke, "dip," from German tunken, "dip or plunge." More...

plounce - To plunge into liquid. More...

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