Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 26, 2016)
Word of the Day

squalid

Definition:(adjective) Dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care.
Synonyms:flyblown, sordid
Usage: They lived like beasts in great squalid labor-ghettos, festering in misery and degradation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctions

Conjunctions are used to express relationships between things in a sentence, link different clauses together, and to combine sentences. There are four main types of conjunctions—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Elixir of Life

The elixir of life is a mythical potion said to confer immortality. The ancient Chinese thought that precious substances like gold and mercury brought longevity, and these ingredients were often used in their elixirs. Ironically, some metals are highly toxic and thus poisoned the longevity seekers who ingested them. Buddhism gave the Chinese alternate routes to immortality, but the elixir of life received renewed attention in the 18th century with what claims about the Comte de St. Germain? More...
This Day in History

MV Joola Disaster in Senegal (2002)

In 2002, a Senegalese ferry capsized off the coast of Gambia, claiming more lives than the notorious Titanic disaster. At least 1,863 people died in the sinking of the MV Joola, making it one of the deadliest civilian maritime disasters in history. A number of factors likely contributed to the tragedy, including bad weather, overloading—the ferry was carrying more than triple the number of passengers it was designed to hold—and a delayed rescue effort. How many survived? More...
Today's Birthday

Johnny Appleseed (1774)

Born John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed was an American folk hero known for planting apple trees. Around 1800, he traveled from Pennsylvania, where he had sold or given saplings and apple seeds to families migrating westward, to present-day Ohio, sowing apple seeds as he went. For more than 40 years, he continued to wander up and down Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, pruning and caring for his forest nurseries and helping hundreds of settlers to establish orchards. Do any of his trees still exist? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

romp home

To deftly or easily win a race, contest, or competition. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen September Revolution Day (2018)

Yemen observes two Revolution Days: one commemorates the revolutionary movement that overthrew the monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr on September 26, 1962, and helped pave the way for the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic. Before that could occur, however, British occupation of the area remained another force impeding independence. Revolts against the British then ensued in 1962-63, and, by 1967, the British granted Yemen its sovereignty. These revolts are commemorated on October 14. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: loaf

bread bag - A plastic wrapper in which a loaf of bread is sold, intended to keep the bread fresh for longer than it would be if unwrapped. More...

loaf - A head on a cabbage. More...

bread - In Old English, it meant "piece, morsel," while actual bread was known as "loaf." More...

crumb - The soft inner part of a bread roll, slice, or loaf. More...

In the News

Aboriginal DNA Points to an Earlier Human Exodus from Africa

Humanity was born in Africa. But at some point, many of our ancestors left. The question of when and how they bid farewell to the continent remains a subject of some debate: A mass exodus occurred roughly 60,000 years ago, according to DNA and fossil ... More...
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