Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

chapiter

Definition:(noun) The upper part of a column that supports the entablature.
Synonyms:capital, cap
Usage: Scattered throughout the ruins were ornately carved chapiters that had once supported a soaring coliseum.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Simple Tense

The past simple tense (also called the simple past tense, or simply the past simple) is used to express completed actions. The past simple is often used with what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Water Intoxication

Water intoxication is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by excessive ingestion of water. Too much water disturbs the body's electrolyte balance, which in turn interferes with brain function and can lead to seizures, coma, and even death. Water intoxication is common in psychiatric patients as well as infants living in poverty whose parents "stretch" powdered formula by watering it down. What are some notable cases of death by water intoxication? More...
This Day in History

The Anglo-American Convention (1818)

The Anglo-American Convention was a treaty signed in 1818 between the US and UK resolving their standing border issues and allowing for joint rights to the Oregon Country. Though it marked the beginning of improved relations between the two countries, tensions remained over the shared territory in Oregon. The British-chartered Hudson's Bay Company had already established a trading network there and sought to exclude US fur traders. What harsh policy did they implement to ward off competition? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rimbaud (1854)

Rimbaud may have put down his pen when he was just 19 to lead an international vagabond life as a merchant and trader, but in his few years as a poet, the precocious young Frenchman managed to create a literary legacy that would have a lasting influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets. He put his verbal virtuosity on display in works like "The Drunken Boat," A Season in Hell, and Illuminations. Who shot and wounded Rimbaud during one of their many lovers' quarrels? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. More...
Today's Holiday

The Birth of the Bab (2021)

The Birth of the Bab is a holy day in the Baha'i religion to celebrate the birthday in 1819 of Mirza Ali Mohammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). In 1844, Mirza Ali declared himself the Bab (meaning "gate") and foretold the coming of one greater than he. The day, on which work is suspended, is a happy social occasion for Baha'is. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stiff

rigidulous - Describing something somewhat rigid or a little stiff. More...

clumse - If you are clumse, you are stiff from the cold. More...

string - Etymologically, something that has been pulled "taut, stiff." More...

stone - From a Germanic base meaning "solidity" or "stiffness." More...

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