Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

ethereal

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy.
Synonyms:gossamer
Usage: The birdwatchers longed to see the smallest and most ethereal of birds but found only a family of common pigeons.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Natufian Culture

The Natufian culture existed in the Mediterranean region of the Levant between 14,560 and 11,560 years ago and was unique in that its members established permanent settlements prior to the development of agriculture. While the Natufians were hunter-gatherers, some evidence suggests that they began to cultivate cereals after a sudden climate change threatened their naturally occurring food sources. Natufian sites contain the earliest archaeological evidence of the domestication of what animal? More...
This Day in History

Robert Kennedy Dies from Gunshot Wounds (1968)

Five years after US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, his younger brother, Senator Robert Kennedy, was shot and killed by a man named Sirhan Sirhan. The shooting took place on the night that Robert won the California Democratic presidential nomination. His body was taken to Arlington National Cemetery by train, and thousands of people gathered by the tracks to pay tribute. He was buried near his brother. In what way was the ceremony the only one of its kind in Arlington's history? More...
Today's Birthday

John Trumbull (1756)

After serving as an aide to George Washington during the American Revolution, Trumbull went to London to study painting under Benjamin West. He was imprisoned shortly thereafter—in retribution for the hanging of a British agent in the US—and left London upon his release. He returned in 1784 and began a celebrated series of historical paintings, four of which now hang in the US Capitol rotunda. His oft-reproduced Declaration of Independence is featured on what denomination of US currency? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it—this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) fill (of something)

To have, consume, or experience as much (of something) as one desires or is able to. Often used in the present perfect tense ("have had one's fill"). More...
Today's Holiday

Epsom Derby Day (2020)

Derby Day is the most prestigious horse race in the world, held annually at the Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, England, on the second day of the summer meeting in early June. Many companies in England give their employees the day off so they can join in the picnicking that takes place near the course. Like the Kentucky Derby, the festivities surrounding the Derby last longer than the race itself, which covers a mile and a half and is over in just a few minutes. Only three-year-old colts and fillies can enter, which means that the race can never be won by the same horse twice. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stiff

rigidulous - Describing something somewhat rigid or a little stiff. More...

clumse - If you are clumse, you are stiff from the cold. More...

string - Etymologically, something that has been pulled "taut, stiff." More...

stone - From a Germanic base meaning "solidity" or "stiffness." More...

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