Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

sardonic

Definition:(adjective) Scornfully or cynically mocking.
Synonyms:wry
Usage: He continued to grin with a sardonic humor, with a cynical mockery and defiance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Where are adverbs of time most often placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Toronto Fire

The Great Toronto Fire of 1904 began in a factory in downtown Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, Canada, and spread to more than 100 other buildings before it was extinguished. For nine hours, Toronto's firefighters—as well as firefighters from Hamilton, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, that had come to help—braved strong winds and sub-zero temperatures as they fought to bring the blaze under control. What was the total estimated value of the property damaged by the fire? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Rules in Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Miranda v. Arizona was a landmark US Supreme Court decision that led to the institution of the Miranda warning, a set of rights that police officers must read to arrestees. One of the petitioners in the case, Ernesto Miranda, had been convicted of rape in 1963 based on a confession he made while in police custody—without knowing he had a right to see a lawyer. He appealed, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. What happened when he was retried using evidence other than his confession? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Basil Rathbone (1892)

Rathbone was a British actor who made his film debut in the 1920s. With his distinctive voice and gaunt appearance, he was cast as a villain in several swashbuckling movies. He won praise for his roles in Romeo and Juliet and If I Were King, but he became best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a series of films beginning with 1939's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Why did his English family have to flee South Africa when he was just three years old? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few serve truth in truth because only few have the pure will to be just, and of those again very few have the strength to be just.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

heave into view

To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. More...
Today's Holiday

Gaspee Days (2020)

The British revenue schooner Gaspee was sent to the American colonies to reinforce various British revenue laws, including the Townshend Acts of 1767. The colonists at Rhode Island burned the ship on June 10, 1772, in what many regard as the first act of rebellion leading up to the Revolutionary War. Since 1966 the event has been commemorated in a festival that includes a symbolic reenactment of the burning, a fife and drum muster, a colonial parade, numerous athletic events, and a gala ball, which take place in both Cranston and Warwick, Rhode Island. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: materials

taboret - An artist's multi-drawer cabinet table for tools and materials. More...

compendium - Latin for "that which is weighed together," it is a complete summary or abridgment or a concise collection of materials—not an all-encompassing or comprehensive work (plural is compendiums or compendia). More...

hygroscopic - Describing the ability or tendency of a material to take up moisture readily from the surrounding air or other moist materials. More...

molecular gastronomy - The study and application of chemistry, physics, and other scientific principles on cooking processes, preparation, and materials. More...

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