Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 11, 2020)
Word of the Day

gadget

Definition:(noun) A device or control that is very useful for a particular job.
Synonyms:appliance, contraption, contrivance, gizmo, widget, convenience
Usage: David has this fancy new gadget that can peel a whole head of garlic in seconds.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs, like superlative adjectives, are used to describe differences among three or more people or things. Superlative adjectives describe the highest (or lowest) degree of an attribute among multiple nouns. What do superlative adverbs describe? More...
Article of the Day

Chinchorro Mummies

Dating to 6,000 BCE, the Chinchorro mummies of South America are the world’s oldest—a few thousand years older than their Egyptian counterparts. The Chinchorro mummification process evolved over centuries and typically involved removing the skin; stripping tissue from bone; replacing the tissue with ash paste, fur, or plant fiber; and re-covering the body with its skin. The face and other details were modeled in clay, and the body was painted. What was unique about the people who were mummified? More...
This Day in History

The Pullman Strike Begins (1894)

The Pullman Strike was a strike of about 50,000 US rail workers. It was initiated after the Pullman railcar company cut wages by 25%, yet kept rents high in the company-owned town where workers lived. The company refused arbitration, and the railway union called for a strike and nationwide boycott. Sympathy strikes followed in 27 states. In July, the president dispatched troops, who clashed with workers and broke the strike. The troops were sent in after workers halted trains carrying what? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvador Dalí (1904)

Dalí was a Spanish painter whose striking images and eccentric personality made him the world's most recognized surrealist artist. Influenced by the theories and dream studies of Sigmund Freud, he painted nightmarishly absurd scenes in precise, realistic detail, creating worlds in which everyday objects are deformed or metamorphosed in strange ways. In his most famous work, The Persistence of Memory, limp watches melt in an eerie landscape. Which candy brand's logo was designed by Dalí? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

golden touch

The ability to earn a large amount of money or be very successful in any endeavor. From the Greek myth of King Midas, who was granted the ability to turn anything he touched into solid gold. More...
Today's Holiday

Frost Saints' Days (2020)

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ripe

immature - Comes from Latin words meaning "not ripe." More...

market-ripe - Describing fruits and vegetables picked before they are ripe. More...

mellow - Describing fruit that is soft, sweet, and juicy when ripe. More...

ripe - The bank of a river or a seashore. More...

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