Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

nutriment

Definition:(noun) A source of nourishment; food.
Synonyms:sustenance, victuals, aliment, nourishment, nutrition
Usage: The animals' habitat was destroyed in the storm, and they wandered the ravaged plains searching for nutriment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Slash

The slash ( / ) serves a number of purposes in writing, essentially standing in for other words as a quick and clear way of showing the connection between two things. What is a slash technically known as? More...
Article of the Day

André the Giant

André “the Giant” René Roussimoff was born in France and rose to fame as a pro wrestler. His stature was the result of pituitary gigantism, a hormonal disease. Conflicting reports exist as to his actual height; estimates range from 6 ft 10 in (208 cm) to 7ft 5 in (226 cm). His weight, also under dispute, has been billed as lying anywhere between 380 lb (172 kg) and 540 lb (245 kg). André played Fezzik in the movie The Princess Bride and later inspired Billy Crystal to write what film? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Tannenberg Ends (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg? More...
Today's Birthday

Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who passed away weeks ago at the age of 98, was one of WWII's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

boots and all

With maximum effort or enthusiasm; completely and without restraint. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. More...
Today's Holiday

Flower Festival of St. Rose (2018)

On the island of St. Lucia, two floral societies known as the Roses and the Marguerites pay tribute to their namesake flowers as well as their patron saints: Rose of Lima and Margaret Mary Alacoque. In an intensive process of preparing for the two fêtes, the they each hold a series of dress rehearsals known as séances. The feast day then opens with a church service, which is followed by a street procession presenting the host society's royal entourage. The evening program includes a banquet, the much-awaited performance by the shantwel, and folk dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: warm

calid - Another way of saying "warm, tepid." More...

malmy - Pertains to weather that is warm and sticky. More...

nonchalant - Comes from French nonchaloir, "not heated," ultimately from Latin noncalere, "not warm or aroused." More...

tepid - From Latin tepere, "be warm." More...

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