Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

dovecote

Definition:(noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.
Synonyms:columbary
Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord's dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. What two things are required to form a complete and logical statement? More...
Article of the Day

The Huaorani

Known pejoratively as "Aucas," meaning "naked ones" or "savages," the Huaorani are an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Oriente in the Amazon basin. With a population of approximately 2,000, the Huaorani speak Huao Terero, a language unrelated to any other known living language. Several Huaorani communities have rejected all contact with outsiders and move often to progressively more isolated areas. During the mid-20th c, what led them to become one of the most violent cultures ever known? More...
This Day in History

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)

A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601)

Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband's principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her husband's wishes—and strove to ensure his absolute power. What did she do that was hailed at the time as "a marvel when it was least expected"? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

rip-snorting mad

Extremely angry and agitated; infuriated. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiwanis Kids' Day (2018)

Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: solid

cholesterol - Comes from Greek words meaning "bile, gall" and "stiff, solid," plus the ending "-ol." More...

hydrogenated oil - An oil with trans-fatty acids that has been chemically changed from a room-temperature liquid state into a solid. More...

sublimate - In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid. More...

solder, solid - To solder something is etymologically to make it solid; solid comes from Latin solidus, "solid, whole." More...

In the News

Scientists Uncovered a Skeleton from the Ancient World's Most Famous (and Mysterious) Shipwreck

Brendan Foley was only three minutes into his first dive on his first day at the 2,100 year old Antikythera shipwreck when a colleague came swimming over to him. "You've gotta see this," they said. "We found bones. We found a skull!" Archaeologists have ... More...
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