Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

careen

Definition:(verb) Move sideways or in an unsteady way.
Synonyms:wobble, tilt, shift
Usage: The ship careened out of control in the storm.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive vs. Predicative Adjectives

While most adjectives can occur either as attributive adjectives or predicative adjectives, there are certain adjectives that can only occur predicatively. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

The Inscription of Behistun

Carved about 328 ft (100 m) up the face of a cliff in Iran's Kermanshah Province, the Behistun Inscription recounts the reign of Darius I of Persia in 3 cuneiform languages: Old Persian, Susian, and Assyrian. The decipherment of these 6th century BCE inscriptions provided scholars with the key to cuneiform script, becoming to cuneiform what the Rosetta Stone is to Egyptian hieroglyphs. How were 19th-century scholars able to copy the inscription? More...
This Day in History

SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010)

In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the California-based space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to fly missions to the International Space Station for NASA. Although Dragon was unmanned during its maiden voyage, it was carrying what secret piece of cargo? More...
Today's Birthday

James Thurber (1894)

After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtail his drawing, and by 1952 he had to give it up altogether as his blindness had become nearly total. What is said to be Thurber's last drawing? More...
Quotation of the Day
To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions—there we have none.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

all bark and no bite

Full of talk that is more threatening or impressive than that which one can or will actually do. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2018)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is an important day throughout Latin America, but it is especially significant in the Mexican town of San Juan de los Lagos, where the celebration begins several days in advance. The town temporarily renames the streets where the festival will occur—on Calle de Alegria (Joy Street), for example, there are puppet shows, side shows, and musical performances. On the morning of December 8, the 11-inch image of the Virgin Mary leaves the local church, carried by priests on a silver litter. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: roast

rule the roost - Was first "rule the roast," as it referred to the master of the house who sat at the head of the table. More...

steak - Seems to be related to Old Norse steikja, "roast on a spit," and stikna, "be roasted." More...

dry roast - To roast without oils. More...

rotisserie - First meant a restaurant or shop specializing in roasted or barbecued meat. More...

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