Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

disburse

Definition:(verb) Expend, as from a fund.
Synonyms:pay out
Usage: The aid will not be disbursed until next year, so until then, the refugees will have to fend for themselves.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions

Prepositions are used to express the relationship of a noun or pronoun (or another grammatical element functioning as a noun) to the rest of the sentence. How do prepositions differ from infinitives? More...
Article of the Day

El Día de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead

In Mexico and parts of Central America, el Día de los Muertos, or "the Day of the Dead," is a time when families and friends gather to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Altars made of flowers, sugar skulls, and the favorite foods of the dead are often erected for the holiday, observed on the first two days of November to coincide with the Christian All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Scholars trace the origins of this holiday to an Aztec festival dedicated to what goddess? More...
This Day in History

The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)

After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin while control of West Berlin was split between the US, the UK, and France. From 1949 to 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West Germany to escape Communist rule before the wall was built to stop the tide of defectors. First constructed of barbed wire and erected at night, the barrier was eventually replaced by a concrete structure studded with watchtowers manned by East German soldiers. What was the "Death Strip"? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Sanger (1918)

After earning his PhD at Cambridge University in 1943, British biochemist Frederick Sanger decided to continue conducting his research at his alma mater. He remained there for the entirety of his four-decade career, making discoveries about the structure of proteins, particularly insulin, as well as DNA sequencing that would earn him not one but two Nobel prizes. He was only the fourth person in history to have earned this distinction. Who are the other three two-time Nobel laureates? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lucky devil

Someone who has just experienced particularly good fortune, generally of whom the speaker is envious to some degree. More...
Today's Holiday

Nemoralia (2021)

The Nemoralia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the goddess Diana held at Nemi, in the territory of Aricia about 16 miles southeast of Rome. Diana was worshipped throughout Rome and Latium (now western Italy) on August 13, the day on which her temple on the Aventine Hill had been dedicated by Servius Tullius. But her most famous cult was in Aricia, where the Nemoralia was observed to protect the vines and the fruit trees. It is still common in some parts of the Orthodox Christian Church for worshippers to make offerings of new wheat and cakes to the Theotokos on that day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: select

elegant - Comes from Latin eligere, "select." More...

eximious - Means "choice, excellent, select," or "distinguished." More...

garble - Originally meant "to sort out" or "to select in a biased way," and was applied to the selection and sorting out of individual passages from a person's writings or any separation of the good from the bad, of a selection of the worst and setting aside the better; it evolved to mean "to jumble, scramble." More...

select - From Latin legere, "choose," with the prefix se-, "apart." More...

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