Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

tremulous

Definition:(adjective) Marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking.
Synonyms:quavering
Usage: The moonlight on the lawn was tremulous, as if the sward were a rippling sea.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time. Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, what must be used for clarity? More...
Article of the Day

The Port Arthur Massacre

On the morning of April 28, 1996, Martin Bryant bought a lighter, a can of tomato sauce, and a cup of coffee, drove to Port Arthur, a popular tourist site in Tasmania, Australia, and shot and killed 35 people and wounded another 37. The mentally handicapped 28-year-old was found fit to stand trial as a mentally competent adult, convicted, and sentenced to serve 35 life terms, one for each person killed, plus 1035 years without the possibility of parole. How old was Bryant's youngest victim? More...
This Day in History

Cameroon's Lake Monoun Explodes, Suffocating 37 (1984)

The explosion at Cameroon's Lake Monoun, which killed 37 people, at first baffled investigators. It was only after a similar event at nearby Lake Nyos two years later claimed the lives of 1,700 people that experts determined that high concentration of carbon dioxide in the lakes had caused the suffocating limnic eruptions. Venting pipes were inserted into Lake Monoun to remove the gas and prevent future eruptions. How many lakes in the world are susceptible to this sort of deadly gas release? More...
Today's Birthday

Virginia Clemm Poe (1822)

When she was just 13, Virginia Clemm married her first cousin Edgar Allan Poe, who was 14 years her senior. For years, scholars have debated about the nature of this relationship, which was cut short when Virginia tragically died of tuberculosis at 24. Edgar was clearly smitten by his young bride—and muse—and was devastated by her death. Still, some believe that the two were more like siblings than spouses and never actually consummated their marriage. What has led them to this conclusion? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

the inmates are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. More...
Today's Holiday

Dozynki Festival (2021)

For many Christians around the world, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption. But in Poland, it is also a time for celebrating the harvest. During the wheat harvest festival known as Dozynki Pod Debami, or Festival under the Oaks, the reapers make wreaths out of grain, flowers, nuts, and corn. When they present their wreaths to the master and mistress of the estate on which the wheat is grown, they are invited in for a feast, which is followed by dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: overcome

convince - Started out meaning "overcome, conquer." More...

evict - First meant "conquer, overcome." More...

exflunct - To overcome or beat thoroughly—or to use up completely. More...

profligate - To overcome or overthrow. More...

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