Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 15, 2021)
Word of the Day

prescience

Definition:(noun) Knowledge of actions or events before they occur.
Synonyms:foresight, clairvoyance, precognition, second sight, foreknowledge, prevision
Usage: Did she realize in a flash of prescience that there was no earthly future for our sweet Cecily?
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming a Compound Sentence with a Semicolon

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance. When can we join the clauses using a semicolon without a conjunction? More...
Article of the Day

Hoodoos

Also known as fairy chimneys, hoodoos are tall, thin columns of rock that are left behind when everything else around them erodes, making them a strikingly conspicuous feature of the landscape. Sheltered from erosion by a cap of hard rock, they can be up to 10 stories tall. Because they may be composed of layers of rock that vary in density and thus erode at differing rates, they may take on a "totem pole" appearance. What location boasts the highest concentration of hoodoos in the world? More...
This Day in History

Entire US Figure Skating Team Killed in Plane Crash (1961)

February 15, 1961, was a dark day in figure skating history. On that day, 72 people, including all 18 members of the US Figure Skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and skating officials, died when their flight from New York to Brussels went down in a field just miles from its destination. A farm worker on the ground also perished. The skaters had been en route to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. What did the event's organizers do to honor the dead athletes? More...
Today's Birthday

Irena Sendler (1910)

Working with Polish resistance groups and a network of helpers, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during WWII by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, sometimes hidden in suitcases. After changing the children's names and arranging for their care, she buried records of their identities in jars, hoping to someday reunite them with their parents. Though she was arrested, tortured, and reportedly executed in 1943, she actually survived the war and lived to be 98. How did she survive the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents...and only one for birthday presents, you know.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

strap on the (old) feed bag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. More...
Today's Holiday

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival) (2022)

Kamakura Matsuri is held in northern Japan in the Akita Prefecture, at the time of year when there is usually deep snow on the ground. In Yokote and other towns of the region, children build Kamakura, snow houses that resemble igloos. They furnish the huts with tatami mats and a wooden altar dedicated to Suijin-sama and have parties in them, while families gather to drink sweet sake and eat rice cakes and fruits. The rice cakes are made in the shape of cranes and turtles, traditional symbols of longevity, and of dogs called inukko, thought to guard against devils. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slave

amanuensis - Literally "slave at hand"—for a literary assistant, especially one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts. More...

ciao - Also ciau; from Italian, it is an alteration of schiavo, "(I am your) slave." More...

serve - From Latin servire, "serve," from servus, "slave." More...

addict - To addict originally meant "to award as a slave"; an addict now is a slave to his/her habit, from Latin addictus, which, in Roman law, meant "a debtor awarded as a slave to his creditor." More...

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