Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

ostensible

Definition:(adjective) Appearing as such but not necessarily so.
Synonyms:seeming, apparent
Usage: The ostensible reason of his appearance was the discovery, the very night before, of a "perfect little house."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause (also called a subordinate clause) is a clause that relies on the information from an independent clause to form a complete, logical thought. What are dependent words? More...
Article of the Day

The Lost Land of Lemuria

Puzzled by the presence of lemur fossils in Madagascar and India—but not in Africa or the Middle East—19th-century geologist Philip Sclater theorized that the two land masses containing the fossils had once been part of a larger, now mostly submerged continent, which he named "Lemuria." Following the scientific community's acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift, however, Sclater's theory was widely dismissed. What is one example of an actual sunken continent? More...
This Day in History

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church has been an Alabama institution since 1873. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it served as an organizational headquarters, meeting site, and rallying point for Blacks protesting racism in the South. This made it a target for the Ku Klux Klan, which arranged to bomb the church during Sunday services. Four young girls died in the attack and more than 20 others were injured. What sermon were congregants about to hear when the bombing took place? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a woman of her word

A woman who can be expected to keep or follow through with her promises or intentions; a truthful, trustworthy, or reliable person. (Masculine: "man of his word.") More...
Today's Holiday

Battle of Britain Day (2021)

In England, September 15, 1940, is remembered as the day of the biggest daylight bombing raid of Britain by the German Luftwaffe. The German air attacks had begun in June 1940, and beginning September 7, bombs rained on London for 57 consecutive nights. The Royal Air Force (RAF) had a secret advantage—radar—and the early warning gave RAF pilots a half-hour's notice of German planes taking off from France. The Luftwaffe was finally defeated in April 1941. Today, the RAF and civilian aviation organizations commemorate Battle of Britain Day with air displays of various kinds. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reply

riposte - A counterstroke, such as a snappy retort, from Italian riposta, "reply, response." More...

antapology - The reply to an apology, such as "That's all right." More...

irrespondence - People not answering your e-mails? That's irrespondence! (Failure to reply.) More...

rescribe - To write in reply. More...

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