Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

deleterious

Definition:(adjective) Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Synonyms:injurious, hurtful
Usage: A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs

Evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. They modify the entire clause. What are the types of evaluative adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

The Hound of the Baskersvilles

Eight years after he killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought the character back in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The novel is possibly the most popular of all of the Holmes stories and has been filmed at least 24 times since 1914. It was inspired by the regional mythology of the British Isles concerning hell-hounds and set largely on an area of moorland close to where Doyle worked as a general practitioner while writing the novel. Who helped Doyle craft its plot? More...
This Day in History

Li Yuan Becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang (618 CE)

Emperor Gaozu was the founder of the greatest of China's imperial dynasties, the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE), which ruled over what was then the world's largest empire and initiated a golden age for art, science, and Buddhism. Before becoming emperor, Li Yuan, as he was then known, was governor of a province under the Sui Dynasty. When the Sui emperor, Yangdi, was assassinated in 618, Li Yuan reunited the empire and took power. Why did he later abdicate the throne in favor of his son, Li Shimin? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mallory (1886)

Mallory was an English mountain climber who participated in the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922, and 1924. The 1924 expedition culminated in a bold and possibly successful drive toward the summit by Mallory and Andrew Irvine, from which they did not return. Mallory's body was discovered on Everest in 1999. His achievements and the mystery surrounding his final effort have made him a mountaineering legend. What "three most famous words in mountaineering" are attributed to Mallory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

get knocked out cold

To be rendered unconscious, as by a physical blow, medication, other means. More...
Today's Holiday

Madam Lou Bunch Day (2016)

Lou Bunch Day is an annual reminder of the rowdy gold-mining days of Central City, Colorado, held to honor the town's last madam. The event features bed races, a Madams and Miners Ball, and the selection of a Madam of the Year. In addition, there are tours of old mining rigs and trains that take visitors into the heart of the mountains to see colorful veins of ore. Central City was settled in the Gold Rush of 1859 and became known as the Richest Square Mile on Earth—some $75 million in gold was mined there. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rind

crust - From French crouste, from Latin crusta, "rind, shell; incrustation." More...

pith - First referred to the spongy cellular tissue in the stems and branches of many plants, and also the spongy white tissue lining the rind of citrus fruits. More...

rind, peel - The rind is the hard or tough covering on oranges, grapefruit, and watermelon; once removed, skin or rind is usually known as peel. More...

sward - The rind of bacon or pork. More...

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