Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 8, 2019)
Word of the Day

fishgig

Definition:(noun) An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish.
Synonyms:lance, spear
Usage: I gently slid the salmon off my fishgig and passed it to my son, who placed it with the rest of the day's catch.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parentheses

Parentheses are used to separate information that is not necessary to the structure or meaning of the surrounding text. When can parentheses be replaced by em dashes? More...
Article of the Day

The Arecibo Message

The Arecibo message was a message broadcast into space in 1974 to celebrate the remodeling of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo radio telescope, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. The message was aimed at star cluster M13, a large and relatively close star cluster some 25,000 light years away. The 210-byte message consisted of 1679 binary digits that, when arranged into 73 rows and 23 columns, form a meaningful seven-part message saying what? More...
This Day in History

Sweden Defeated at the Battle of Poltava (1709)

During the Great Northern War, neighboring countries sought to break Swedish supremacy in the Baltic area. Its most famous battle is likely the Battle of Poltava, which occurred after Charles XII of Sweden invaded Ukraine and—lacking reinforcements and seeking a stronghold—laid siege to Poltava. When the battle began, 45,000 Russian troops faced just 14,000 Swedish soldiers. The Russian victory effectively ended Sweden's role as a major power. What did the Russians do with the Swedish prisoners? More...
Today's Birthday

Käthe Kollwitz (1867)

Kollwitz was a German Expressionist painter, sculptor, and printmaker whose work centered on human suffering. Her initial focus was the plight of the poor, whom she encountered firsthand at her physician husband's clinic in Berlin. After their son died in World War I, however, Kollwitz channeled her depression into a cycle of prints emphasizing a mother's love and a memorial sculpture of grieving parents. Unfortunately, many of Kollwitz's drawings and prints were lost in 1943 when what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

talk twenty to the dozen

To talk (to someone) very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. More...
Today's Holiday

Caribbean Festival (Feast of Fire) (2022)

The annual Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba, also known as the Feast of Fire, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural traditions of the Caribbean. In addition to numerous performances of music and dancing, there are exhibitions of culinary arts, painting, crafts, drama, religious rituals, and poetry. Each year the festival gives special focus to one of the Caribbean countries. The "Serpent Parade" is a high point of the Festival, with throngs of dancing people winding their way through the streets of Santiago de Cuba. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vegetable

rareripe - Originally simply a fruit or vegetable that ripened early. More...

fruit, vegetable - Fruit is the name given to those plants that have an ovary used for food; vegetable is the name given to a large category of herbaceous plants with parts used for food. More...

sauerbraten, sauerkraut - In German, sauerbraten is literally "sour roast meat," and sauerkraut is "sour cabbage or vegetable." More...

sweet potato, yam - The sweet potatoes and yams sold in most stores are the same vegetable—sweet potatoes are inside every mislabeled yam can; true yams are not sold anywhere except a handful of specialty grocers. More...

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