Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

rowlock

Definition:(noun) A holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing.
Synonyms:thole, tholepin, peg, pin, oarlock
Usage: It was that dull kind of a regular sound that comes from oars working in rowlocks when it's a still night.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs that Show a Result

There are many conjunctive adverbs. To choose the right one, we must consider the relationship between the first and second clause. When the second clause is a result of something that happened in the first clause, we can use "therefore" and what other conjunctive adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Perfect Numbers

In mathematics, a perfect number is an integer that is the sum of all of its proper, positive divisors not including the number itself. The first perfect number is 6, because 1, 2, and 3 are its proper, positive divisors and 1+2+3=6. Euclid, a Hellenistic mathematician living in the third century BCE, discovered a formula that identifies the first four perfect numbers. What is the second number in this set? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More...
Quotation of the Day
One likes to be respected as highly as his neighbors are.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I do (something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Shinnecock Powwow (2020)

The Shinnecock Indians, like many other Native Americans, host a major powwow over the long Labor Day weekend. The Shinnecock Powwow has been held for more than 50 years. Events include arts, crafts, music, storytelling, and, of course, dancing competitions. The Shinneock Indians are part of the Algonquian nation of Indians—Shinnecock means "those who live where the land flattens." The Shinnecock have been known as whalers and fishermen, and many of the foods served at the powwow reflect their historical links to the sea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seizing

acatalepsy - Greek for "not thoroughly seizing" or "incomprehensibility." More...

rapine - Means "the act or practice of seizing and taking away by force the property of others." More...

ravishing - Can mean "seizing on prey." More...

hend, hent - To hend is to seize or take; hent is the act of seizing. More...

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