Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 28, 2019)
Word of the Day

scarecrow

Definition:(noun) An effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds.
Synonyms:straw man
Usage: She was determined, therefore, to contrive as lifelike a scarecrow as ever was seen … so that it should begin its sentinel's duty that very morning.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Object Complements

An object complement is a word or group of words that describes, renames, or completes the direct object of the verb. Which parts of speech can be object complements? More...
Article of the Day

Wardian Cases

The forerunner of the modern terrarium, the Wardian case was a small glass container for housing ferns and similar plants. It was invented in 1829 by physician and amateur botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward after he noticed that, though the polluted London air was taking a toll on ferns in his garden, fern spores inside the glass bottles where he kept cocoons were germinating. His invention allowed plants to be shipped great distances and helped advance the Victorian craze for growing what flower? More...
This Day in History

Lynching of 14-Year-Old Boy Helps Inspire US Civil Rights Movement (1955)

At age 14, African-American Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in a grocery store. Her husband and his half-brother beat Till, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighing it down by tying a metal fan around his neck with barbed wire. Till's body was pulled from the river three days later. What decision made by Till's mother about her son's funeral helped bring attention to his brutal murder? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Shukhov (1853)

Though less widely known than his contemporaries Thomas Edison and Gustave Eiffel, Russian engineer, scientist, and architect Vladimir Shukhov has drawn comparisons to both of them. His innovations in the petroleum refining process and the means of transporting petroleum products revolutionized the oil industry, while his architectural works were of a sort never seen before. He pioneered the construction of thin-shell and tensile structures as well as what innovative type of curved structure? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am a lover and have not found my thing to love.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Idiom of the Day

make (the) baby Jesus cry

To be offensive, immoral, unethical, in poor taste, etc., as might cause or provoke the displeasure or disapproval of Jesus Christ. More...
Today's Holiday

Tomatina (2019)

Regardless of which legend one believes, what began in 1945 as a few tossed tomatoes as a show of disdain has developed into full-fledged tomato warfare in Buñol, Valencia, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August. Residents prepare for the impending food fight by protecting their storefronts and homes with plastic and donning special clothing. Thousands of pounds of tomatoes are trucked into town and dropped off at the Plaza del Pueblo, and the light-hearted battle commences. After the cleanup, celebrants continue to enjoy the festival's fireworks, parades, food, and music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

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