Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

bonhomie

Definition:(noun) A pleasant and affable disposition.
Synonyms:affability, affableness, amiableness, geniality, amiability
Usage: The good humor and bonhomie called up by this last evening amongst his old friends had disappeared.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as "predicate nouns" (or sometimes "predicative nouns" or "predicate nominatives"). What do they serve to do? More...
Article of the Day

Spider Webs

Many spiders use webs of proteinaceous fibers extruded from silk-spinning organs, called spinnerets, to catch prey without having to expend energy pursuing it. However, constructing a web is an energetically costly process, and it is not uncommon for a spider to eat its own web each day to recoup some of the energy expended in its spinning. A remarkable material, spider silk possesses a tensile strength comparable to that of high-grade steel and has been used in medical settings to do what? More...
This Day in History

Actress Grace Kelly Marries Rainier III of Monaco (1956)

Kelly was an Oscar-winning American actress who appeared in many films, including Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, an event that marked her retirement from acting. The couple had three children, one of whom, Albert II, is Monaco's reigning Sovereign Prince. Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Why did Frank Sinatra reportedly choose to skip his former costar's wedding? More...
Today's Birthday

Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot (1949)

"Lawnchair Larry" was an American adventurer who built a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and dozens of helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend's Los Angeles backyard in July 1982. He quickly shot up to over 15,000 ft (4,572 m) and then drifted toward a nearby airport, where passing pilots reported him to the control tower. When he was ready to return to solid ground, he began shooting out the balloons with a pellet gun, but then he dropped it. What happened next? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

play phone tag

To engage in a series of telephone calls with another person in which each time one party calls, the other is not available to answer. More...
Today's Holiday

Venezuela Declaration of Independence Day (2022)

Revolutionary struggle against Spanish rule began in Venezuela in 1810. On July 5, 1811, a group of citizens in Caracas became the first in South America to proclaim a formal declaration of independence from Spain. Forces led by Simón Bolívar assured independence in 1821. April 19 is a separate national holiday, known as Declaration of Independence Day, while July 5 is celebrated as Independence Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: parent

abdicate - Implies a giving up of sovereign power or the evasion of responsibility (as a parent). More...

half blood - Relationship through only one parent. More...

in loco parentis - Latin for "in the place of a parent." More...

patrial - Means having the right to live in the UK through the British birth of a parent or grandparent. More...

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