Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

transience

Definition:(noun) The attribute of being brief or fleeting.
Synonyms:brevity, briefness
Usage: The superficiality and transience of the club scene is part of its appeal for young people.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Major and Minor Sentences (Regular and Irregular Sentences)

A major sentence is any complete sentence that contains an independent clause. Minor sentences do not have both a subject and a complete predicate. What are word sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Colored Rains of Kerala

In July 2001, red-colored rain began falling in the Indian state of Kerala. For the next two months, it returned intermittently. A number of theories explaining the origins of the coloration were proposed, including that it was contamination from a dust cloud, debris from a volcanic eruption, and even extraterrestrial cells. The Indian government initially speculated that the red rain was caused by an exploding meteor but later issued an official report asserting that it had been caused by what? More...
This Day in History

Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)

Boleyn was the second queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Anne's marriage to Henry was a key part of the English Reformation. Henry had divorced his first wife to marry Anne, whom he hoped would produce a male heir. When she did not, she was brought to trial on charges of adultery and incest. Under great pressure, a court headed by her uncle—the Duke of Norfolk—condemned her, and she was beheaded. According to one account, what did her executioner do before beheading her? More...
Today's Birthday

Ho Chi Minh (1890)

Ho was a Vietnamese nationalist leader, president of North Vietnam, and one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. Near the end of World War I, he went to France and became a founding member of the French Communist Party. He studied revolutionary tactics in Moscow and organized revolutionaries in Indochina. During World War II, Ho returned to Vietnam and declared it a republic. Why was news of his death in 1969 initially withheld from the North Vietnamese people? More...
Quotation of the Day
Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

take no notice of (something or someone)

To not pay any attention to someone or something; to ignore or disregard someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Atatürk Remembrance (2022)

On May 19, 1919, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landed with his forces at the Black Sea town of Samsun, Turkey, to begin his fight against the Allies who had occupied the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. He ushered in an era of reform, development, and an increasingly Western approach to government and society. Because Turkish youth have always engaged in sporting events to celebrate the day, it is also known as Youth and Sports Day as well. In the capital city of Ankara, the celebration of the day begins with a 21-gun salute at 7:00 in the morning, the time when Atatürk arrived in Samsun. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pillar

gnomon, gnomonics - A gnomon is the pillar or rod that casts a shadow on a sundial; gnomonics is the art or science of dialing or of constructing dials to show the hour of the day by the shadow of a gnomon. More...

pilaster - First referred to a square or rectangular column or pillar. More...

pillar - From Latin pila, "pillar," the source of compile, pilaster, and pile. More...

column - Its underlying notion is of "height, command, extremity," and it comes from Latin columna, "pillar," which probably came from columen/culmen, "top, summit." More...

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