Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 27, 2020)
Word of the Day

benignant

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy, especially of a king to his subjects.
Synonyms:gracious
Usage: Through just and even-handed governance, the benignant sovereign earned the loyalty of his subjects.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns are used in interrogative sentences to ask questions, functioning either as the subject or object of such sentences. There are five primary interrogative pronouns. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Geysers

Located in the Mayacamas Mountains north of San Francisco, California, The Geysers is a complex of geothermal power plants that draw steam from more than 350 wells. Discovered in 1847, the area became the site of the first commercial geothermal electric plant in the US in 1960. Today, it boasts the largest complex of such plants in the world. The steam is produced by a magma chamber heating water underground, but the features that gave The Geysers its name are not really geysers. What are they? More...
This Day in History

IRA Bomb Kills British Statesman and Naval Commander Louis Mountbatten (1979)

A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten's boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am Envy...I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

make as though

To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldova Independence Day (2021)

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country's independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: net

dream catcher - A decorative Native American object in the form of a hoop and net with attachments such as feathers. More...

net - As in "without deductions," it came from French net, "neat," and then evolved to mean" free from any (further) deduction." More...

reticule - An older term for a small handbag, it alludes to the fact that they were originally made of netted fabric—Latin rete, "net," became reticulum, "netted bag." More...

retina - From Latin rete, "net," as there is a net of nerves making up this layer of the eyeball. More...

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