Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

elephantine

Definition:(adjective) Of great mass; huge and bulky.
Synonyms:gargantuan, giant, jumbo
Usage: As we approached the city, the silhouettes of its elephantine buildings came into view.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs that Show a Result

There are many conjunctive adverbs. To choose the right one, we must consider the relationship between the first and second clause. When the second clause is a result of something that happened in the first clause, we can use "therefore" and what other conjunctive adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

District Heating

Just as electricity can be generated at a central location and then distributed to customers, heat can be produced at a central plant using geothermal, nuclear, or solar energy and then sent out to customers to warm their homes and businesses. The heat is distributed by means of insulated pipes that carry water or steam. District heating is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly methods of heating. What country heats approximately 95 percent of its houses using district heating? More...
This Day in History

Environmental Activist Chico Mendes Is Assassinated (1988)

Since 1985, swaths of the Amazon region have been cleared for cattle ranching and farming on an unprecedented scale. Mendes, a Brazilian environmental activist and unionist, fought to stop the deforestation. He managed to keep local rancher Darly Alves da Silva from clearing an area designated as a reserve, even facilitating a warrant for da Silva's arrest, but it was never acted upon, and da Silva was implicated in Mendes's 1988 assassination. Where was Mendes killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960)

A 1980s art star whose rise and fall were rapid, dramatic, and emblematic of the era, Basquiat started out as a street artist before being "discovered" by the art establishment. He created vigorously spontaneous works in paint, collage, and crayon on unprimed canvas that featured crude, angry, rawly powerful figures and graffiti-like text. He died of an overdose at 27, just a few years after meeting with mainstream success and months after the death of what other artist, his friend and mentor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the moon on a stick

Anything and everything that one desires or can imagine wanting (i.e., above and beyond what would be normal or appropriate). More...
Today's Holiday

Forefathers' Day (2021)

Observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and by various New England societies throughout the country, Forefathers' Day commemorates the landing of the Pilgrims, who arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower and established the second English colony in North America. The Old Colony Club of Plymouth was the first group to observe the anniversary in 1769, and members still celebrate Forefathers' Day on December 22. Wearing top hats and led by a drummer, they march down the main street of Plymouth. After firing a small cannon, they return to their Club for breakfast and toasts to the Pilgrims. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whip

flail - Based on Latin flagellum, "whip." More...

lash - The flexible part of a whip. More...

scourge - Based on Latin ex-, "thoroughly," and corriga, "whip." More...

crack - The "crack" of a whip is the miniature sonic boom that occurs as the tip breaks the sound barrier. More...

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