Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

prosody

Definition:(noun) The study of the metrical structure of verse.
Synonyms:metrics
Usage: He was a master of meter, and contributed certain modifications to the laws of Chinese prosody which exist to the present day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive Verbs and Direct Objects

A transitive verb describes an action that is happening to something or someone, which is known as the verb's "direct object." For instance, in the sentence "I am reading a book," what is the direct object? More...
Article of the Day

The 1883 Eruption

The massive 1883 eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia ejected more than 6 cu mi (25 cu km) of rock and ash, destroyed the island, and left more than 36,000 people dead. The eruption's explosive power was about 13,000 times greater than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the sound of the explosion, believed to be the loudest sound in recorded history, was heard some 3,000 mi (4,828 km) away. What was the only living thing researchers found on the island in 1884? More...
This Day in History

Britannia Bridge Opens (1850)

The Britannia Bridge spans the Menai Strait, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland. Though the bridge as it now stands comprises two concrete decks—one for trains and the other for motor vehicles—it was originally built as a single-tier, wrought-iron, tubular span reserved exclusively for rail traffic. Designed by British civil engineer Robert Stephenson, son of famed locomotive builder George Stephenson, the original bridge stood for 120 years before who set it on fire? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Goodnight (1836)

Goodnight was a cattleman known as the father of the Texas Panhandle. As a young man, he joined the Texas Rangers and became a noted scout and Indian fighter. Eventually, he turned to ranching and cattle driving. In 1866, he and Oliver Loving laid out the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail that extended from Texas through New Mexico and Colorado and into Wyoming. He later cofounded the million-acre JA Ranch in Texas, where he crossed Angus cattle with buffalo to produce what animal? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

(as) silent as the grave

Totally silent, especially as produces an ominous or foreboding effect. More...
Today's Holiday

Boston Massacre Day (2022)

March 5 marks the anniversary of the 1770 street fight between a group of colonial American protesters and a squad of British troops quartered in Boston—an event that reflected the unpopularity of the British regime in colonial America and set the stage for the American Revolution. In Massachusetts, the anniversary of the Boston Massacre is observed annually with patriotic songs and speeches. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: meteor

astrobleme - A crater caused by a meteor. More...

aerolithology - The study of meteors. More...

meteorite - A meteor that survives and makes it to a planet; types of meteorites include siderites/irons, aerolites/stones, and siderolites (iron/stone). More...

falling star - Another name for meteor or shooting star. More...

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