Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

scruple

Definition:(noun) An uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action.
Synonyms:misgiving, qualm
Usage: Lady Macbeth is impatient with her husband's scruples and goads him into killing the king.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal pronouns

A personal pronoun is a pronoun (a word that functions as and acts as a substitute for a noun or nouns) that represents a grammatical person within a sentence. The personal pronoun that is used varies depending on which four grammatical elements? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Auto Racing

Automobile racing originated in France in 1894, almost immediately after the construction of the first successful petrol-fueled autos, and it appeared in the US the following year. Open-road races were banned in France in 1903, however, after they led to 8 fatalities. Today, there are several different categories of racing. In open-wheel, stock-car, and other types of circuit auto races, flags are displayed to communicate instructions to competitors. What does a black flag signify? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

catch a snooze

To sleep or take a nap, especially of a short duration. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Sant' Efisio (2018)

The Sagra di Sant' Efisio at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, commemorates the martyrdom of a third-century Roman general who was converted to Christianity and credited with saving the town from the plague. On May 1, a procession accompanies a statue of St. Efisio through the streets of Cagliari to the church of Pula, the town where he suffered martyrdom. Three days later the statue returns to Cagliari. Several thousand pilgrims, wearing costumes that date from the 17th century and earlier, take part in the procession, which culminates in a parade down Cagliari's main avenue. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: houses

ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses. More...

row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses. More...

domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses. More...

vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity. More...

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