Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 6, 2020)
Word of the Day

adjoin

Definition:(verb) Lie adjacent to another or share a boundary.
Synonyms:abut, edge, border, march
Usage: Canada adjoins the United States.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Intensifiers

Intensifiers, a subset of adverbs of degree, are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and other adverbs to increase their strength, power, or intensity. What is the intensifier in the following sentence? "Everyone was really excited to go to the beach and go swimming in the ocean." More...
Article of the Day

Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular rays—sometimes called God Rays or Jacob's Ladder—are streaks of light radiating from the sun. Usually occurring around daybreak or sunset, they shine through breaks in the clouds or through irregular spaces along the horizon and are made visible by particles in the air. Though crepuscular rays are nearly parallel, they appear to fan out from the sun due to perspective. Anticrepuscular rays are less easy to spot and differ from their crepuscular counterparts in what way? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Roque (Bolivia) (2020)

San Roque is the patron saint of Tarija, Bolivia, whose natives, known as chapacos, are a mixture of Spaniards and Tomata Indians. The townspeople wear their best and most colorful clothes for the fiesta in San Roque's honor that begins on the first Sunday in September. There are processions of the saint's image, which has also been brightly adorned, throughout the week, stopping at the hospital and area churches. Participants in the processions include dancers, singers, musicians, and people who've made personal vows. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scales

mechanical drawing - One made with scales, rulers, and compasses. More...

ctenoid - Means "resembling a thin-toothed comb"—like the scales of some fish. More...

level - Based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, "balance; scales." More...

scab - First pertained to any skin disease in which pustules or scales were formed, and is from Old Norse skabbr, "crust over a wound." More...

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