Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

camion

Definition:(noun) A low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage.
Synonyms:dray
Usage: An empty camion came bumping down the cobblestone street, pulled by two exhausted horses.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs that Indicate a Degree of Certainty

There are several types of evaluative adverbs, which can be classified according to their function. We can use evaluative adverbs to state how certain we are about something. "Obviously" is an evaluative adverb that we can use in this way. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

Dry Quicksand

Considered a mythic substance until recently, dry quicksand is loose sand that behaves like ordinary quicksand but contains no water and operates in a different manner. Though accounts of whole caravans being swallowed up by the substance have been discounted as folklore, researchers have demonstrated that aerating fine sand reduces its bulk density and creates a dry quicksand that could envelop an entire vehicle. How did fear of dry quicksand affect the planning of the Apollo moon missions? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837)

Tokugawa was the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. The Tokugawa family held the shogunate and controlled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Beginning at the time of Yoshinobu's birth, there were numerous peasant uprisings and samurai unrest. Undermined by increasing foreign incursions, the Tokugawa were overthrown by an attack of provincial forces from Choshu, Satsuma, and Tosa, who restored the Meiji emperor to power. Yoshinobu resigned in 1867. How did he spend his retirement? More...
Quotation of the Day
Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Skanda Sashti (2019)

According to Hindu mythology, Shiva cast his seed into fire, where it was afterwards received by the river goddess Ganga (the Ganges River), who "gave birth" to Skanda. He was born for the purpose of destroying Taraka, and Skanda Sashti celebrates Taraka's defeat. The focus of the celebration is the six holy places in southern India associated with Skanda, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. Hindus gather at each of these temples to sing hymns, chant psalms, and dramatize scenes from the god's life. They believe that observing this festival ensures success, prosperity, happiness, and peace. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: readiness

impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready." More...

procinct - A state of readiness or preparation. More...

stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669. More...

gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness." More...

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