Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 13, 2019)
Word of the Day

windpipe

Definition:(noun) Membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi.
Synonyms:trachea
Usage: Poisonous vapors … crept like evil spirits over the ship, stealing into the nostrils and windpipes of the unwary and causing fits of sneezing and coughing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Where are adverbs of time most often placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics

The Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics in India flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries. Kerala scholars discovered a procedure for determining the position of the Moon every 36 minutes and methods for estimating the movement of the planets. While attempting to solve astronomical problems, the scholars independently created a number of important mathematical concepts, centuries before the invention of calculus in Europe. What was their most important discovery? More...
This Day in History

The New York Times Begins Publication of the Pentagon Papers (1971)

The Pentagon Papers were top secret government documents detailing US involvement in SE Asia from WWII to 1968. In 1971, a former government employee leaked portions of the 47-volume study, which revealed both miscalculation and deception on the part of US policymakers, to The New York Times, which began publishing articles about it. Citing national security, the Justice Department obtained an injunction against further publication, and the case went to the Supreme Court. How did it rule? More...
Today's Birthday

Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40 CE)

Agricola was a Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain, where he was made consul and governor after a distinguished military and political career. He pacified most of the territory, conquering North Wales and advancing far into Scotland, and also circumnavigated the island. His biography, the De Vita et Moribus Lulii AgricolaeThe Life and Character of Julius Agricola—was the first published work of his son-in-law, what Roman historian? More...
Quotation of the Day
I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Nirjala Ekadashi (2019)

Of the 24 Ekadashi or 11th-day fasts observed during the course of the Hindu year, Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the more important. Men and women observe a strict fast and offer puja (worship) to Vishnu to ensure happiness and forgiveness of their sins. Panchamrata is prepared by mixing together milk, ghee (clarified butter), curds, honey and sugar. It is then offered to the image of Vishnu, which has been draped in rich clothing and jewels, with a fan placed beside it. Hindus meditate on Vishnu as the Lord of the Universe and worship the deity with flowers, lamps, water, and incense. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tear

discerp - To shred or tear something apart. More...

avulse - To tear or pull away or pluck off. More...

deracinate - "To pluck or tear up by the roots," from Latin racine, "root." More...

dilacerate, dilaniate - To tear or rip something or someone to shreds is to dilacerate or dilaniate. More...

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