Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

plexor

Definition:(noun) A small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes.
Synonyms:percussor, plessor
Usage: When the doctor tapped my knee with the plexor, my reflex was so strong that I almost kicked him in the head!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Action Verbs

There are many different categories of verbs that describe different kinds of actions or states of being. Action verbs describe an active process that results in an effect. What are these verbs also known as? More...
Article of the Day

Crop Circles

Crop circles, patterns created in fields by the unexplained flattening of crops, have garnered worldwide attention since they began appearing in the English countryside in the late 1970s. Since then, roughly 12,000 crop circles have been found worldwide. Though many incidents have been exposed as hoaxes, both meteorological phenomena and UFOs have been cited as possible sources of the mysterious patterns. How did the men who perpetrated some of the original crop circle hoaxes create the designs? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Formigny (1450)

One of the first battles in which cannons played a pivotal, if not decisive, role, the Battle of Formigny was a major French victory toward the end of the Hundred Years' War. The English were dealt a significant blow—thousands of troops were killed, injured, or captured—and, as there were no other significant English forces in Normandy, the entire region quickly fell to the French. The battle had raged for several hours before the tides turned in favor of the French. What brought this about? More...
Today's Birthday

Leonardo da Vinci (1452)

Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. His drawings depict subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures and are rendered with scientific precision and consummate artistry. Included among his works are intricate anatomical studies of humans, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time. Why are most of his journals written in mirror-image cursive? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Kim Il-Sung (2022)

The birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 1912, is marked as a public holiday throughout North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea). The holiday is known as the Day of the Sun. All over the country, people lay floral wreaths and baskets before the hundreds of statues that commemorate Kim. The main observances take place in the capital city Pyongyang, where officials of numerous organizations and citizens lay flowers at one of the nation's grandest monuments to Kim, located on Mansu Hill. Kim Il-Sung ruled North Korea from 1945 until his death in 1994. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: subdue

mortify - From Latin, meaning "kill or subdue the flesh," it originally meant "to kill," then "to destroy the vitality or vigor of," before it took on its present meaning. More...

pacify - Can mean "to subdue by armed action." More...

subdue - From Latin subducere, "draw from below." More...

tame - Came from Indo-European dom-, "tame, subdue." More...

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