Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

saturate

Definition:(verb) Infuse or fill completely.
Synonyms:impregnate
Usage: This light, subdued and colored, seemed almost a radiation from the trunks themselves, so strongly did they saturate it with their hue.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Creating Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are used to tell us how something happens or is done. They are very often formed from adjectives by simply adding "-ly," but sometimes, the spelling of a word will have to change slightly so as to better accommodate the extra "-ly." If the adjective ends in "-ic," for instance, what does the ending become? More...
Article of the Day

Hellenistic Religion

As Greek culture spread into the lands conquered by Alexander the Great, it came into close contact with the civilizations of the Near East and Egypt and was, in turn, influenced by them. Most Greeks continued their traditional religious beliefs, but a small number began to worship other deities, such as Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, and Cybele, the Great Mother Goddess of Phrygia. What new cults and religions arose from the intermingling of cultures? More...
This Day in History

The Bombay Explosion (1944)

The SS Fort Stikine sailed from England in late February 1944 and made stops in Gibraltar, Egypt, and Pakistan before reaching Bombay, India, laden with a cargo of cotton bales, gold, explosives, and munitions. While the ship was berthed there, a fire broke out on board. Attempts to extinguish the fire failed, and a massive explosion soon tore the ship apart, sinking nearby vessels as well and igniting a massive blaze in the surrounding area. How many people were killed in the disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891)

A member of the caste of Dalits—once known as Untouchables—Ambedkar obtained his education abroad. He returned to his native India and worked in law before entering politics. In 1947, he became the law minister of the government of India and was instrumental in framing the Indian constitution. In that capacity, he made great strides in fighting for the rights of Dalits, even criticizing Gandhi's position on the caste system. How did the two Indian leaders differ in their approaches? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

live and kicking

Alive, healthy, and alert. (A truncated version of "alive and kicking.") More...
Today's Holiday

Takayama Matsuri (2021)

Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai (festival floats), which are adorned with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's Hie Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki (puppet plays), often performed by mechanical marionettes. A highlight of the festival is the parade of gongs known as tokeigaku, which produce a unique kind of folk music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: midnight

beauty sleep - First defined as sleep taken before midnight, regarded as the most refreshing portion. More...

mesonoxian - Means "of or related to midnight." More...

quarternight - Halfway between sundown and midnight. More...

small hours - Midnight or 1 a.m. to dawn, when the numbered hours are "small." More...

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