Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

torrid

Definition:(adjective) Scorching; burning.
Synonyms:fervent, fiery, ardent, burning
Usage: The torrid noonday sun shone down on the travelers in the desert.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominalization (Creating Nouns)

Nominalization is the creation of a noun from a verb or adjective. Most of the time, nouns are created from other parts of speech through the use of suffixes. What suffix is added to a verb to make a gerund? More...
Article of the Day

The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More...
This Day in History

Rockefeller Foundation Established (1913)

The Rockefeller Foundation is a private philanthropic organization established by John D. Rockefeller to promote "the well-being of mankind throughout the world." Its first grant was issued to the American Red Cross, and over the years, it has donated more than $14 billion in grants to fund medical research, education, agriculture, and work in a number of other fields. Before and during WWII, it worked to bring scholars and artists persecuted by the Nazis to the US. Who was saved in this way? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316)

Charles IV was a 14th-century Holy Roman Emperor, German king, and king of Bohemia. He was educated at the French court and fought the English at Crécy, where the heroic death of his father, John of Luxemburg, made him king of Bohemia. Pope Clement VI, to whom he had promised far-reaching concessions, helped secure his election as anti-king to Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV. After the death of Louis in 1347, Charles claimed the crown. He is considered the father of what modern-day nation? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is greater than the stars - that moving procession of human energy; greater than the palpitating earth and the things growing thereon.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

golf widow

A woman whose husband frequently absents himself from home so as to go and play golf. More...
Today's Holiday

Dhungri Fair (2020)

This is a festival celebrated by Hindu women from the hills near Manali, at the north end of the Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh State of India. A small wooden temple known as the Hidimba (or Dhungri) Temple stands among cedar trees near Manali. The women gather here to honor the goddess Hidimba, who fell in love with Bhima and became his wife in the famous Hindu epic Mahabharata, with a traditional dance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: painter

paysagist - A painter of landscapes. More...

pointillist - A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist. More...

pictorial - First meant "pertaining to a painter or painting," as it derives from Latin pictor, "painter." More...

picturesque - Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter." More...

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