Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 31, 2017)
Word of the Day

thence

Definition:(adverb) From that place; from there.
Synonyms:therefrom
Usage: The train went south into Switzerland and thence on to Italy
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominalization (Creating Nouns)

Nominalization is the creation of a noun from a verb or adjective. Most of the time, nouns are created from other parts of speech through the use of suffixes. What suffix is added to a verb to make a gerund? More...
Article of the Day

The Pythian Games

Also known as the Delphic Games, the Pythian Games were one of the four Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece. They were founded sometime before the 5th century BCE and were held every four years at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, two years before each Olympic Games. Unlike the Olympic Games, they also featured music, art, and poetry competitions, which pre-dated the athletic portion of the games and were said to have been started by Apollo after he did what? More...
This Day in History

Rocky Marciano Dies in a Plane Crash (1969)

After failing to become a professional baseball player, Marciano took up boxing and became one of the greatest boxers of all time. Hard-punching and durable, he was the heavyweight champion from 1952 to 1956—and the only one to have retired without a defeat or draw in his professional career. He died in a plane crash in 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, while en route to Des Moines, Iowa, where a surprise birthday party awaited him. Of his 49 professional wins, how many were by knockout? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilhelmina I of the Netherlands (1880)

The daughter of King William III, Wilhelmina I was queen of the Netherlands for more than 50 years, encompassing the two world wars. After Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940, she left with her family for London but made radio broadcasts to boost the morale of the Dutch people, becoming a symbol of Dutch resistance to the German occupation. In 1948, after celebrating the 50th anniversary of her reign, she abdicated in favor of her daughter. What did Wilhelmina title her autobiography? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be in pursuit

Following or chasing someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldovan Language Day (Limba Noastra) (2022)

Limba Noastra, or Our Language Day, is a public holiday in Moldova. On August 31, 1989, Moldova became the first Soviet republic to pass a law declaring its language, Moldovan, to be the official language of the republic. The law also formally proclaimed that Moldovan and Romanian were the same. Second in importance only to Moldova Independence Day on August 27, Language Day is celebrated with ceremonies at the burial sites of individuals linked to the struggle for cultural rights of Romanians, especially Romanian poets and writers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vault

coping saw - A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a u-shaped frame—for cutting curves, with cope meaning "vault, arch." More...

ossuary - From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead. More...

camera - First meant "vault, chamber." More...

firmament - Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure. More...

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