Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

countrified

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of rural life.
Synonyms:rustic
Usage: The house was very handsome, with a lovely countrified garden.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. What are some variations of declarative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Moirae

In Greek mythology, the Moirae, also known as the Fates, are the three goddesses who control human lives. They are usually depicted as old women: Clotho, who spins the web of life; Lachesis, who measures its length; and Atropos, who cuts it. Together they determine the length of each person's life as well as its share of suffering. Their Roman equivalents are Nona, Decuma, and Morta—meaning "Ninth," "Tenth," and "Death," respectively. What similar figures are found in Norse mythology? More...
This Day in History

First and Only Flight of the "Spruce Goose" (1947)

A few years before going into complete seclusion, millionaire aviator and airplane manufacturer Howard Hughes built and piloted the only flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the largest flying boat—indeed the largest airplane—in history. He designed the seaplane as a troop and materiel transport for the US War Department and manufactured it almost entirely from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum. Though nicknamed the "Spruce Goose," it was actually primarily made of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Boone (1734)

Boone was a legendary American frontiersman who blazed a permanent trail across the Appalachian Mountains in 1775. Known as "Wilderness Road," it became a major route for westward migration in the US. Boone also established Boonesboro, Kentucky, and was captured by Shawnee Indians while trying to defend it. He escaped after five months but moved to the Missouri Territory after losing his land claims in Kentucky. He gained international fame after what British poet mentioned him in an epic? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

nice guy

A teenaged or adult male who is dependably friendly and compassionate, to the point of being seen as too boring, unchallenging, or uninspiring to be romantically involved with. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de los Muertos (2021)

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a national holiday in Mexico and is observed in Hispanic communities throughout the U.S. Long before sunrise, people stream into the cemeteries laden with candles, flowers, and food that is often shaped and decorated to resemble the symbols of death. Children eat tiny chocolate hearses, sugar funeral wreaths, and candy skulls and coffins. But the atmosphere is festive. In many homes, people set up ofrendas, or altars, to the departed. These are decked with candles, special foods, and whatever the dead enjoyed when they were alive. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inherent

imminent, immanent - Imminent is "about to happen" and immanent is "inherent" or "pervading the material world." More...

intrinsic - Latin intrinsecus, "on the inside," came to be the English intrinsic, "inner, internal" and "inherent." More...

proper - First meant "inherent, intrinsic." More...

innate, inherent - The word innate means "inborn" and should apply to living things; inherent is "essential, intrinsic" and applies best to nonliving things like ideas. More...

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