Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

invertebrate

Definition:(adjective) Lacking a backbone or spinal column; not vertebrate.
Synonyms:spineless
Usage: The sixth grade class groaned in unison as the students learned that they would be dissecting worms during their study of invertebrates.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adverbs

There is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the order of adverbs (or the royal order of adverbs). What type of adverb is typically used first in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Blombos Cave

Located in a limestone cliff on the coast of South Africa, Blombos Cave is an archaeological site made famous in the 1990s, when excavators uncovered 75,000-year-old beads, 80,000-year-old bone tools, and some of the earliest evidence of fishing, dating back approximately 140,000 years. The finds suggest the existence of cognitive behaviors not previously associated with Middle Stone Age people. What other items have been found at the site? More...
This Day in History

Coronation of Czar Nicholas II (1896)

Nicholas II was the last czar of Russia. With little training in state affairs, Nicholas proved to be a charming but ineffective and easily swayed ruler. His reign was marked by defeat in the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution, the court influence of the unpopular Rasputin, involvement in World War I, and governmental incompetence—all of which helped precipitate the Revolution of 1917. Forced to abdicate, he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. When was his body found? More...
Today's Birthday

Miles Davis (1926)

Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz, led many small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. His trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and marked by a brilliant use of mutes. How old was Davis when he began to study music? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2022)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: knight

esquire - At its root, it means "shield bearer (in service to a knight)," from Latin scutarius. More...

forget-me-nots - May have gotten their name from the last words of a knight who drowned while trying to pick these flowers by a riverside. More...

heart on one's sleeve - Comes from chivalry, when a knight wore a scarf or other item from his lady tied to his sleeve. More...

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