Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 20, 2019)
Word of the Day

lurcher

Definition:(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.
Synonyms:lurker, skulker
Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound and Simple Predicates

The subject of a clause or sentence must always be performing at least one action, but there are many instances in which it performs more than one action. In such a case, in which the subject is related to two or more finite verbs, the sentence is said to have a "compound predicate." What is a "simple predicate"? More...
Article of the Day

Elephant Intelligence

Elephants are some of the most intelligent mammals on the planet and can therefore be trained to work and perform. However, their complex temperaments make training and handling them a challenge. Extensive studies place elephants in the category of great apes in terms of cognitive abilities for tool use and tool making, and their problem solving ability is considered equal to that of dolphins. Elephants are the only animals in the world known to have a ritual surrounding what event? More...
This Day in History

Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943)

In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst forth from a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán 1943 and grew on and off until 1952, when the eruptions finally ceased. During that time, it spewed forth over a billion tons of lava and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro and the village of Parícutin, whence its name. Parícutin's formation gave scientists a rare opportunity to observe volcanic growth. When do experts expect Parícutin to next erupt? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Boulle (1912)

At the start of WWII, engineer Pierre Boulle enlisted in the French Army. Later, while a secret agent for the Free French, he was captured and imprisoned in a labor camp, an experience that inspired him to write his acclaimed work of historical fiction The Bridge over the River Kwai. Its 1957 film adaptation won seven Oscars, including one for screenplay that was awarded to Boulle since the actual writers had been blacklisted as communist sympathizers. What other famous novel did he pen? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's) hands together (for someone or something)

To applaud (someone or something); to clap. More...
Today's Holiday

Black History Month (2022)

Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week, which was established in February 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Initially designed to encompass the birthday of the abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass on February 14 as well as Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, it was expanded in 1976 to a month-long observance. The event is widely observed by schools, churches, libraries, clubs, and organizations wishing to draw attention to the contributions of African Americans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stranger

extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household. More...

barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy." More...

stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside." More...

pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger." More...

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