Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

parochial

Definition:(adjective) Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook.
Synonyms:insular
Usage: After moving to a big city, she had little patience for what she considered to be her parents' parochial attitudes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

Moonshining

Home-distillation of alcohol came to be called "moonshining" in English speaking countries because it was usually conducted at night to avoid arrest for the production of illegal liquor. Home-distillation is, however, a world-wide phenomenon and is not illegal everywhere. In New Zealand, for example, stills are legally sold openly on the market along with instruction manuals. What used to be a common, perhaps unreliable, folk test for determining the presence of lead in moonshine? More...
This Day in History

Founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (1830)

Shortly after Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon in 1830, he officially founded The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints—also known as the Mormon Church—in Fayette, New York. The church flourished but was forced to relocate frequently. It was violently expelled from Missouri, and a mob killed Smith in Illinois in 1844. His successor, Brigham Young, led followers to Utah three years later. Tensions with the US government continued to escalate, culminating in what war? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Henry Gosse (1810)

An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund, who was also his what? More...
Quotation of the Day
If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

like piffy on a rock bun

Conspicuous but ignored or left out, especially from a group or activity. (A "rock bun" or "rock cake" is a type of hard cake with currants; what "piffy" refers to is unknown.) Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Chakri Day (2016)

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: holes

caster - A container with holes in the top for sprinkling something like sugar or pepper. More...

chad - A hole poked out of cards or paper. More...

latebricole - Some animals are latebricole, living in holes. More...

canal - The holes in a sponge are called canals. More...

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