Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

anodyne

Definition:(adjective) Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
Synonyms:analgesic, analgetic
Usage: She was in intense pain following the surgery and wondered whether the anodyne properties of her medication would be sufficient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns to connect, emphasize, or provide clarification for ideas expressed in sentences. In this combination, the preposition always comes directly after the noun. What are some of the most common prepositions used with nouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Temple Institute

Known in Hebrew as Machon HaMikdash, the Temple Institute is an organization in Israel focusing on the controversial endeavor of re-establishing the Third Temple—a place of worship desired by Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Although there is disagreement within Orthodox Judaism about whether the rebuilding should occur by human or divine hands, the Temple Institute's long-term goal is to establish the temple on what controversial site? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of the Eiger's North Face (1938)

Switzerland's Eiger mountain was first summited in 1858, but the sheer north face of the 13,025-foot (3,970-m) Alpine peak was not successfully climbed until 1938, when two independent pairs of climbers met on the face, joined forces, and reached the summit as a team. It has been climbed many times since, sadly with many fatalities, which, due to the cliff's high visibility, occur in full view of nearby villages. Since 1935, how many people have died climbing the Eiger's so-called Murder Wall? More...
Today's Birthday

Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? More...
Quotation of the Day
This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

how's life (treating you)?

How are you? How is everything in your life? (Said as an informal greeting.) More...
Today's Holiday

Cornouaille Festival (2020)

The Celtic heritage of the Breton people comes alive every year in Quimper, a town in the district of Cornouaille. Located in Brittany, a region in northwestern France, Quimper has hosted this festival of traditional dance, music, storytelling, food, and games for more than 70 years. People dress in Breton costumes, which include elaborate lace bonnets for the women and shallow, brimmed hats for the men. Many of Brittany's inhabitants still speak the ancient Celtic language brought to the region by its first settlers some 2,500 years ago. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: observer

camera lucida - An optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it. More...

horoscope - Comes from Greek hora, "hour, time," and skopos, "observer." More...

obverse - Its first meaning was "turned towards or facing the observer." More...

zenith, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below. More...

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