Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

sulfurous

Definition:(adjective) Harsh or corrosive in tone.
Synonyms:acid, blistering, caustic, vitriolic, acrid, acerbic, bitter, virulent
Usage: Her sulfurous denunciation of the governor was aired on the news that evening.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs from Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, what do we do to form the comparative? More...
Article of the Day

Arborsculpture

Arborsculpture is the art and technique of growing and shaping trees or woody plants into ornamental or functional shapes by grafting, bending, and pruning their trunks and branches in specific ways. Depending on the size of the starter material, the plant's rate of growth, and the complexity of the design, which can range from an abstract pattern to a piece of furniture, such projects can take as little as a year or as long as a decade or more to complete. How are bridges formed in this way? More...
This Day in History

Charlemagne Crowned Emperor (800 CE)

Charlemagne was king of the Franks (768–814) and emperor of the West (800–814). With the exception of the British Isles and parts of Italy and Spain, he united in one vast state almost all the Christian lands of Western Europe. After restoring Leo III to the papacy, he was crowned emperor in Rome on Christmas Day, 800 CE, finalizing the split between the Byzantine and Roman empires and marking the revival of the empire that was the forerunner of the Holy Roman Empire. What language did he speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Chevrolet (1878)

Born in Switzerland, Chevrolet was an auto mechanic who emigrated to the US in 1900 to race cars. In 1905, he drove a mile in a record 52.8 seconds. In 1911, he founded the Chevrolet Motor Company with support from General Motors founder William C. Durant and designed its first car. He sold his interest in 1915 but continued making racecars. His cars won the Indy 500 in 1920 and 1921. He later formed an aircraft company with his brother, but the venture failed. Who drove his winning car in 1920? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

God's green earth

The entire planet; anywhere and everywhere. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Puerto Rico) (2019)

Christmas celebrations in Puerto Rico combine island traditions with more contemporary customs, such as Santa Claus and imported Christmas trees. Singers, often dressed as the Three Kings (or Magi), go from door to door singing ancient carols known as aguinaldos to the accompaniment of guitars. It is customary to offer gifts to the singer, and over the years the term "aguinaldos" has also come to stand for the gift itself. Sometimes the strolling carolers are asked inside to sample special Christmas dishes, such as roast pig and rice pudding. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: states

nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically. More...

political map - Shows the boundaries of cities, states, and countries. More...

statistic - Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world. More...

booster name - A nickname for a state (as on a license plate). More...

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