Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

discernible

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being seen or noticed.
Synonyms:evident, observable
Usage: Monkeys scampered about the deserted ruins, and gaily plumaged birds flitted in and out among the columns and the galleries far above; but no sign of human presence was discernible.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns

Nouns are words that indicate a person, place, or thing. In a sentence, nouns can function as the subject or the object of a verb or preposition. Nouns can also follow linking verbs to rename or re-identify the subject of a sentence or clause. These are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Quinceañera

The Quinceañera is, in many Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas, the celebration of a young woman's fifteenth birthday and marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. In this latter respect, the Quinceañera is similar to the "sweet sixteen" or debutante ball of the English-speaking world. Observed differently in different countries, Quinceañera festivities range from modest religious ceremonies to lavish, wedding-style celebrations. What is the origin of the tradition? More...
This Day in History

U-2 Crisis of 1960 Begins (1960)

After becoming Soviet premier in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev asserted a doctrine of peaceful coexistence with capitalist nations. He toured the US in 1959 and planned a Paris summit with the US, Britain, and France in 1960, but in May of that year, an American U-2 reconnaissance plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Khrushchev cancelled the conference, and the American pilot, F. Gary Powers, was tried in the Soviet Union and sentenced to 10 years in prison. What happened to him? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Marie Jarvis (1864)

Though she never wed or had children herself, Jarvis campaigned tirelessly for the establishment of an annual holiday honoring mothers. She began her campaign after the death of her mother, a social activist who had brought mothers together in an effort to counter the divisions caused by the Civil War. By 1914, Mother's Day had been proclaimed a US national holiday. Rather than savor her success, Jarvis soon became one of the holiday's most vehement opponents. Why did she want it abolished? More...
Quotation of the Day
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

heat wave

A period of time in which the weather is unusually and persistently hot. More...
Today's Holiday

Lei Day (2021)

This is a celebration of Hawaii's state symbol of friendship. Leis are garlands made of flower blossoms, seeds, leaves, ferns, and pods. The events of the day include state-wide lei competition, the crowning of a Lei Queen in Honolulu, and assorted exhibits and hula performances. The queen's coronation is accompanied by chanting and the blowing of conch shells. On the day after the celebration, leis from the state-wide competitions are ceremoniously placed on the graves of Hawaii's royalty at the Royal Mausoleum in Nuuanu Valley. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notch

crenelation, crenelle - A crenelation (from Latin crena, "notch") is a series of indentations or loopholes around the top of a castle, battlement, or wall—with each indentation being a crenelle (or crenel). More...

carf, kerf - A cut or notch in timber is a carf or kerf—which are also used to describe the width of such a cut. More...

dent - As in "notch," it comes from the French word for tooth; its original meaning was "blow, stroke" in general. More...

score - First a notch used to keep count, as on a stick. More...

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