Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

scissure

Definition:(noun) A split or opening in an organ or part.
Synonyms:crack, crevice, fissure, cleft
Usage: The surgeon explained that the stitches he had used to sew the scissure shut would dissolve in a few weeks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence. What is a direct object? More...
Article of the Day

The Shrine of the Book

The Shrine of the Book is the wing of Jerusalem's Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient documents found between 1947 and 1956 in caves on the Dead Sea's northwest shore, at Qumran. Funded by the family of David Samuel Gottesman, a philanthropist who purchased the scrolls as a gift to Israel, the shrine features an unusual white dome that covers an underground structure. How does the museum ensure that the fragile scrolls survive the rigors of being displayed? More...
This Day in History

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Published (1925)

Considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a devastating critique of the American Dream and materialism at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a bootlegger, Jay Gatsby, whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Today used as required reading in many high schools, the book has been cited as the paragon of the Great American Novel. Why did Fitzgerald dislike the title, and what did he want to call his novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

castle in the air

A hope or wish, especially for one's life, that is unlikely to come true. A daydream. More...
Today's Holiday

Lac Long Quan Festival (2019)

This six-day festival, held in the Vietnamese village of Binh Minh, honors the legendary king Lac Long Quan. According to tradition, his wife, Au Co, "hatched" 100 people who ended up populating what is now known as the Ha Tay Province. During the festival people celebrate their ancestors with offerings of fruit and flowers paraded by young women accompanied by folk musicians, then elders bestow blessings on the offerings. Although Lac Long Quan and Au Co are the focus of the proceedings, Buddha is also included and considered a special guest. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: marking

pastry wheel, pastry jagger - A pastry wheel or pastry jagger is a handled tool with a thin sharp wheel, used for marking and cutting rolled-out dough. More...

stocking - A white marking on the lower part of a horse's leg. More...

on the dot - Probably a reference to the minute hand of the clock being exactly over the dot marking the given minute on the dial. More...

hilum - The scar on a seed marking the point where it was attached to its seed vessel. More...

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