Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

carouse

Definition:(verb) To engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking.
Synonyms:roister
Usage: They were so happy to be finished with exams that they continued to carouse until morning, when the bartender finally asked them to leave.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that is able to function grammatically like a noun in a sentence. What words most commonly begin a noun clause? More...
Article of the Day

The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet is a newspaper featured in the Superman stories of DC Comics. Joe Shuster, Superman's co-creator, based the newspaper on his former employer, The Toronto Daily Star. In the fictional city of Metropolis, Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent, works at the Daily Planet alongside fellow journalist Lois Lane. Though the Daily Planet and its globe-topped building are famous today, the paper had a different name when Superman debuted in 1938. What was it called? More...
This Day in History

Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation. It began when Zulu king Cetshwayo, determined to resist European advances into his territory, rejected British demands to disband his troops. The British attacked, and Cetshwayo routed them at Isandlwana with a disciplined army of 40,000, but his forces were utterly defeated at Ulundi, with 1,500 Zulus, compared to 13 Britons, killed in the final battle. The British then burned the town and did what to Cetshwayo? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Hamilton (1755?)

Pictured on the US $10 bill, Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first secretary of the treasury. Differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson led to the rise of political parties, with Hamilton heading the Federalist Party and Madison and Jefferson leading the Democratic-Republican Party. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and though Hamilton opposed the practice and had even lost a son in a duel, he agreed and was mortally wounded. Why did Burr challenge him? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Juturnalia (2015)

According to Virgil, Juturna is the sister of Turnus, king of the Rutuli. In return for her virginity, Jupiter gave her immortality. Afterward, she was turned into a fountain of the same name near the Numicus, the river where Aeneas' dead body was found. The waters from this fountain were used in sacrifices, particularly those in honor of the Roman goddess Vesta, and were believed to have curative powers. On January 11, a festival in honor of Juturna was observed by men working on aqueducts and wells. She was also celebrated at the Vulcanalia on August 23 as a protectress against fire. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

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