Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

mantic

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, or having the power of divination; prophetic.
Synonyms:divinatory, sibyllic, sibylline, vatic
Usage: The oracle's mantic powers were well known, and pilgrims came from far and wide to worship and bring gifts.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive Nouns

Attributive nouns, also called noun adjuncts, are nouns that are used to modify other nouns. For example, the noun adjunct "toy" can be used to modify the noun "soldier." The resulting phrase ("toy soldier") is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Floyd Collins and the Crystal Cave

Collins was a caver noted for discovering Kentucky's Crystal Cave in 1917. Eight years later, while searching for a new entrance to a popular cave system, he became trapped underground. He died after about two weeks, just days before a rescue shaft reached his location. The rescue quickly became the third biggest media event of the period, the first and second being Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight and his son's kidnapping. Coincidently, Lindbergh played a role in the rescue, doing what? More...
This Day in History

The Taman Shud Case: Mystery Man Found Dead on Somerton Beach (1948)

On the night of November 30, 1948, passersby on Australia's Somerton Beach saw a man they believed to be drunk or sleeping. The next day, the mystery man was determined to be dead, which opened the still unsolved Taman Shud Case. The dead man has never been identified. Though investigators promptly searched the body and found normal things like chewing gum in the mystery man's pocket, something strange was later found, taking the case in a new—but equally elusive—direction. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexandra of Denmark (1844)

Though she was of royal blood, Princess Alexandra had a relatively normal upbringing. It was not until after she wed Prince Albert Edward of Wales in 1863 that her father, Christian IX, was crowned king of Denmark, and she did not ascend to the station of queen consort until many years after that. As queen, she devoted herself to charitable works and was beloved by the British public. She was held in such high regard, in fact, that society women adopted what physical impediment of hers? More...
Quotation of the Day
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

media darling

A very famous and popular person who receives exceptionally positive media coverage or attention. More...
Today's Holiday

Romania National Day (2021)

The national holiday of Romania has been celebrated since 1990, after the fall of the Romanian Communist Party head Nicolae Ceausescu, with military parades, speeches, and a holiday from work. This day marks the unification in 1918 of Romania and Transylvania and the formation of the Romanian state within its present-day boundaries. Romania's full independence had been recognized in 1878, but Transylvania had remained outside the new state. On December 1, a Romanian assembly passed the resolution of unity celebrated on National Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pan

casserole - Came from casse, "pan" or "ladle," which probably comes from Greek kuathos, "serving cup"; casserole is a diminutive of casse, "spoonlike container" (cassette is also a diminutive of casse). More...

paella - The rice dish is Spanish for "frying pan," from Latin patella, "little pan." More...

pan, brain pan - The upper part of the skull has been called the pan or brain pan. More...

wok - Derives from a Cantonese word meaning "pan." More...

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