Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

drachm

Definition:(noun) A unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce.
Synonyms:fluidram
Usage: She measured out a drachm of the sweet-smelling elixir and administered it to the ailing child.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Short vs. Long Adverbs

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear. However, an adverb's length can also impact where it is placed in a sentence. Do short adverbs or long adverbs tend to be positioned first? More...
Article of the Day

Saint Symbology

Plants, animals, and various symbolic objects have been featured in artistic depictions of Christian saints throughout history. Called attributes or emblems, these symbols—often held in the hands of the saints themselves—represent the exemplary nature of the saints' lives. In the early days of Christianity, when many of the faithful were illiterate, these attributes made religious scenes and saints easily identifiable. Beheaded third century martyr Saint Denis is often depicted carrying what? More...
This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Baker (1903)

Though Baker was not as well known as some of the other leaders of the US civil rights movement, she spent more than 50 years as a behind-the-scenes activist. Baker grew up in rural North Carolina listening to her grandmother's stories about slavery. After college, she moved to New York City and became involved in social justice activism. She worked with student groups, political organizations, and religious coalitions to facilitate collective action. What prompted her to protest against Italy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Their zeal might sometimes be too ardent, but it was always sincere.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

in the next breath

(especially when speaking) In or at the very next moment or opportunity; in a very short space of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2020)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"). More than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: utter

arrant - Means "complete, utter," as in arrant knave, "an extremely untrustworthy individual." More...

explore - Comes from Latin, meaning "search out," from ex-, "out," and plorare, "utter a cry." More...

whicker - To utter a half-suppressed laugh. More...

yodel - From Bavarian jodln, "to utter the syllable jo (yo)." More...

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