Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

fragrancy

Definition:(noun) A pleasingly sweet olfactory property.
Synonyms:redolence, bouquet, sweetness
Usage: The fragrancy of her perfume seemed to attract every man in the room, drawing them to her like flies to honey.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Uncountable Nouns

Nouns that cannot be divided or counted as individual elements or separate parts are called uncountable nouns (also known as mass nouns or non-count nouns). Why is it incorrect to use third-person plural pronouns with uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Airglow

In Earth's upper atmosphere, ultraviolet light from the Sun ionizes atoms and dissociates molecules at heights between 40 and 200 miles (64 and 322 kilometers) above the planet's surface. When the fragments collide and recombine, some atoms and molecules are left with excess energy, which they release as light, known as airglow. Airglow hampers optical telescopic observations on Earth by reducing the apparent contrast between stars and space. What types of atoms are involved in the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

"Red Baron" Shot Down by Allied Fire (1918)

Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron," was the World War I German aviator who commanded the flying squadron that became known as Richthofen's Flying Circus. He was the war's most successful flying ace, shooting down 80 aircraft before being killed in action. In April 1918, he was shot in the chest while dogfighting over France. He managed to land his plane but died soon after. The Red Baron has since become a symbol of dexterity, daring, and victory. Who fired the shot that killed him? More...
Today's Birthday

Anthony Quinn (1915)

Quinn was a Mexican-American artist, writer, and Oscar-winning actor. He boxed in his youth and studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright before turning to acting. He achieved international stardom in the 1950s and 60s for his ability to portray ethnically diverse characters, most notably Zorba the Greek. He appeared in over 100 films and won Academy Awards for his supporting roles in two, Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. His role in the latter film lasted just how many minutes? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

Potemkin village

Something that is made to seem very grand, elaborate, and/or prosperous for the purposes of impressing others, but which in reality has no real worth or substance. Taken from a story about Russian minister Grigory Potemkin (1739–1791) who allegedly erected false, painted façades to mimic a thriving, successful village along the Dnieper River in Crimea to impress the visiting Empress Catherine II. More...
Today's Holiday

San Jacinto Day (2022)

Fresh from his victory at the Alamo, General Antonio López de Santa Anna of Mexico proceeded eastward until he encountered the Texan army general, Samuel Houston, at San Jacinto, about 22 miles east of the present-day city of Houston. Houston's 900 soldiers defeated the Mexican force of nearly 1,600, in a battle that lasted only 18 minutes. A legal holiday in Texas, San Jacinto Day is celebrated throughout the state but particularly in San Antonio, where the highpoint of the 10-day San Antonio Fiesta is the huge Battle of Flowers parade winding through the city's downtown streets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: religion

nullifidian - Someone having no faith or religion; a disbeliever. More...

apostasy - Abandonment or renunciation of one's religion or morals. More...

renegade - First referred to a person who abandons one religion for another. More...

secular - Has a root meaning of "temporal"—opposed to the eternity of the church—and means "not connected to a religion." More...

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