Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

feeder

Definition:(noun) A branch that flows into the main stream.
Synonyms:confluent, tributary, affluent
Usage: This stream in which he stood was a feeder to the Coppermine River, which in turn flowed north and emptied into Coronation Gulf and the Arctic Ocean.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Mood

Grammatical mood refers to the way in which a verb is used to express certain meaning by the speaker or writer. In linguistics, moods are broken down into two main categories: realis moods (expressing what is real or true) and irrealis moods, which express what? More...
Article of the Day

Tarring and Feathering

Dating at least to the Crusades, tarring and feathering is a physical punishment that was used to enforce formal justice in feudal Europe and, later, vigilante justice in the American frontier. The practice involves stripping victims to the waist, covering them in hot tar and feathers, and often parading them around in public with the intent of causing enough harm and humiliation to drive them out of town. In 2007, a Belfast man was tarred and feathered for doing what? More...
This Day in History

The Mexico City Earthquake (1985)

At 7:18 AM, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, releasing more than 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Several hundred miles away in Mexico's capital, Mexico City, the devastation was catastrophic. Official estimates place the death toll at 10,000, but several times that number may have actually perished. Tens of thousands of others were hurt and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Why was Mexico City so hard hit? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Zátopek (1922)

Zátopek, the "Czech Locomotive," was a long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m runs, and he amazingly earned gold yet again after deciding at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. His wife, competing in the javelin toss, added a gold medal to the family collection at the same Olympics. Zátopek's success was likely due to his grueling training methods. What did he wear while training? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have always a sacred veneration for any one I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher; because the richest minerals are ever found under the most ragged and withered surface of the earth.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

rid out

(chiefly Midwestern United States) To clean, empty, or clear out (something or some space). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Gennaro (2018)

San Gennaro, or St. Januarius, fourth-century bishop of Benevento, is the patron saint of Naples, Italy. He was eventually beheaded during the reign of Diocletian, and his body was brought to Naples, along with a vial containing some of his blood. The congealed blood, preserved since that time in the Cathedral of San Gennaro, is claimed to liquefy on the anniversary of his death each year—an event that has drawn crowds to Naples since 1389. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: truck

roo bar - An Australian term for a metal bar on the front of a car or truck that prevents the vehicle from being damaged in the event of a collision with an animal (such as a kangaroo). More...

snow groomer - A truck or other vehicle, either with tracks running along both sides or dragging equipment behind, used to maintain ski hills and groom (pack down) snow. More...

truck farm - Refers to the sense of truck as "commodities for sale," and, later, "garden produce for market." More...

truck - Formed by combining Latin trochos, "wheel," and Greek trechein, "to run," it originally referred to a wooden wheel. More...

In the News

It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

Electric eels sometimes leap out of the water to increase the power of their jolt — and one scientist has been trying to understand this behavior more fully by letting a small eel repeatedly shock his arm. Ken Catania, a Vanderbilt University neurobiologist who ... More...
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