Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

transient

Definition:(adjective) Enduring a very short time.
Synonyms:ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transitory
Usage: The elderly woman was depressed and spent her days lamenting the transient beauty of youth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Indirect Objects

An indirect object is the person or thing who receives the direct object of the verb. Where do indirect objects appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Shays' Rebellion

Debt-ridden farmers, struck by the economic depression that followed the American Revolution, petitioned the Massachusetts state senate to halt foreclosure of mortgages on their property and imprisonment for debt. When the senate failed to undertake these reforms, armed rebels, led by Daniel Shays and other local leaders, forcibly closed a number of debtors' courts. The rebellion, suppressed in 1787, less than a year after it began, prompted the fledgling US government to make what changes? More...
This Day in History

Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated (1978)

After gaining a following as a leader of San Francisco's gay community, Milk was elected to the city's Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in US history. In 1978, he and Moscone, the city's mayor, were shot and killed in City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor. White's conviction on the less serious charge of voluntary manslaughter sparked riots in the city. What now infamous defense did White's attorneys present at his murder trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Chaim Weizmann (1874)

A Russian-born chemist, Weizmann became a British subject in 1910, developed a process for creating a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of explosives in 1912, and was director of the British admiralty laboratories for much of WWI. An active Zionist, Weizmann helped negotiate the 1917 Balfour Declaration pronouncing British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the republic of Israel was eventually founded, he was elected its first president. What is the Weizmann organism? More...
Quotation of the Day
A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. More...
Today's Holiday

Zwiebelmarkt (2017)

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorance

agnosy, agnoiology - Agnosy is another word for ignorance and agnoiology is the study of human ignorance. More...

ignotism - A mistake due to ignorance. More...

nescience, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance." More...

sophomoric - Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word. More...

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