Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 5, 2021)
Word of the Day

stolid

Definition:(adjective) Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited.
Synonyms:impassive
Usage: Her face showed nothing but stolid indifference.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive Verbs and Direct Objects

A transitive verb describes an action that is happening to something or someone, which is known as the verb's "direct object." For instance, in the sentence "I am reading a book," what is the direct object? More...
Article of the Day

St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo’s fire is a weather phenomenon that causes luminous plasma to appear at the ends of tall, pointed objects such as spires, airplane wings, and ships' masts when the atmosphere is electrically charged. It is sometimes accompanied by a hissing sound. Named for St. Erasmus, the patron saint of sailors, the glowing display has been known to mariners since ancient times and has been interpreted as an omen, usually for good. What were some notable historical appearances of the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club (1975)

In 1975, computer hobbyists in Silicon Valley, California, decided to meet regularly to exchange ideas. The first meeting took place in a garage. Members of the club would go on to become some of the most influential players in the burgeoning computer industry, including, most notably, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who formed their company the next year. What other giants of the industry were members of the Homebrew Computer Club during its early years? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658)

Originally of the minor Gascon nobility, Cadillac came to America in 1683 to seek his fortune. He became a favorite of the governor of New France, was placed in charge of a frontier post at Mackinac, and eventually proposed the creation of a new fort with a better strategic position against the English. With a band of colonists, he founded in 1701 what would become the city of Detroit. Ten years later, he was appointed governor of what vast French territory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Custom Chief's Day (2021)

In the island nation of Vanuatu, many islands have rejected European influence and instead prefer to live according to their traditional customs. While these customs vary widely throughout the islands, village life, subsistence farming, a belief in magic, and rule by chiefs are common. In 1977, a National Council of Chiefs was set up by the government to ensure the preservation of traditional ways of life. These tribal chiefs are honored on March 5 of each year; celebratory activities on this day include sporting events, carnivals, agricultural fairs, and arts festivals. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruler

rector - First was a ruler or governor, now it is generally a person conducting a religious service. More...

sultan - Comes from the Arabic word for "ruler," from Aramaic shultana, "power." More...

Inca - A Quechua word meaning "king, lord, ruler." More...

rule - One of many words from Latin regula, "straight stick, ruler." More...

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