Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 31, 2020)
Word of the Day

clerisy

Definition:(noun) Educated people considered as a group; the literati.
Synonyms:intelligentsia
Usage: I have heard it said that intellectual curiosity is the mark of a member of the clerisy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles

Articles identify whether a noun is definite (specific or particular) or indefinite (general or unspecific). What are the three articles? More...
Article of the Day

Abdus Salam

Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who helped develop the electroweak theory explaining the relationship between electromagnetic and weak forces. For this work, he shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. He was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim scientist to be so honored. To support physicists from developing countries, he founded the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 1964. He died in England and was brought back to Pakistan for burial. Who defaced his grave? More...
This Day in History

The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was a severe undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian region of Ancash, killing at least 50,000 people. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The quake destabilized part of Mount Huascarán, an extinct volcano and Peru's highest mountain, triggering a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What was the magnitude of the earthquake? More...
Today's Birthday

Walt Whitman (1819)

Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Whitman's much-recited poem "O Captain! My Captain!" was written as a tribute to what US president? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

lipstick on a pig

Some superficial or cosmetic change to something so that it seems more attractive, appealing, or successful than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival (2022)

Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley is widely known for its apple orchards, which begin to flower in late May or early June. The area's Apple Blossom Festival is a five-day celebration whose events are held throughout the 60 towns and villages of the Annapolis Valley. In addition to a children's parade, sporting events, tours to view the apple blossoms, apple pie baking and eating contests, and a cooking competition, the festival includes the crowning of "Queen Annapolisa," who is chosen from among 18 local princesses. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: smile

smilet - A little smile. More...

mandarin crease, risorius of Santorini - Below each side of the mouth is the mandarin crease; the muscle that pulls the corners up to smile is the risorius of Santorini. More...

miracle - From Latin miraculum, "object of wonder"; its ultimate root meant "to smile upon." More...

gelasin - The dimples that appear when you smile are gelasins. More...

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