Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

stokehold

Definition:(noun) The area or compartment into which a ship's furnaces or boilers open.
Synonyms:fireroom, stokehole
Usage: When the ship was sinking, many passengers were able to escape, but the stokehold crew was trapped below deck.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Good vs. Well

A common stumbling block for native speakers and learners of English alike is the correct usage of "good" versus "well." In most instances, good is an attributive adjective directly describing a noun. What is "well"? More...
Article of the Day

Paul Klee

Paul Klee was a Swiss painter, graphic artist, art theorist, and violinist. His early introduction to music played a large role in the way he approached his art and its imagery. Klee often varied the media and style in which he worked and produced over 10,000 works before his death. He also taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture with his friend and fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky. During WWI, Klee served in the German army; what was his job? More...
This Day in History

Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when? More...
Today's Birthday

James Dewar (1842)

Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his work on the properties of matter at very low temperatures and the liquefaction of gases. In the course of his work, he liquefied and solidified hydrogen and invented the Dewar flask. Used for storing liquefied gases, his Dewar flask—a double-walled flask with an insulating vacuum between the inner and outer walls—became essential in low-temperature scientific work. What everyday item was patterned after Dewar's flask? More...
Quotation of the Day
The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. More...
Today's Holiday

Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta (2017)

Cartegena, located on the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern Spain, is an ancient city steeped in the history of the Carthaginian and Roman Empires. Today, for 10 days in late September, thousands of local people celebrate the Carthaginians and Romans Fiesta by dressing in period costume and reenacting this pivotal era in history. The festivities open with a ceremonial lighting of a sacred fire, and over the next several days, festival attendees witness a series of reenactments, including a Roman circus and the victorious march by the Roman Legions through the streets of Cartegena. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wedding

epithalamium - A poem written to celebrate a wedding. More...

confetti - It is the plural of Italian confetto, "small sweet," as it was originally real or imitation bon-bons thrown during a carnival or after a wedding. More...

morganatic - A survival of an ancient Germanic marriage custom, a gift on the morning after the wedding from husband to wife called morgangeba, "morning" and "give"; it now describes a marriage between people of different social status, especially a man of superior rank and woman of inferior rank. More...

nuptial - From Latin nuptiae, "wedding," from nubere, "to marry." More...

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