Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

gazebo

Definition:(noun) A freestanding, roofed, usually open-sided structure providing a shady resting place.
Synonyms:summerhouse
Usage: There was a gazebo about a quarter-mile away from the mansion where we would talk, surrounded by nature and protected from the sun.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with Prepositions

Most idioms that start with prepositions are prepositional phrases and consist of a preposition followed by a noun or noun phrase. What are the most common prepositions found at the beginning of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Molecular Machines

A molecular machine is a minute mechanism consisting of molecular components that perform mechanical-like movements in response to specific stimuli. Chemists have synthesized a number of simple molecular machines, including molecular propellers and molecular motors, the latter of which are powered by light or reactions with other molecules and are capable of unidirectional rotation. Far more complex biological versions of these artificial nanomachines are found in living cells. What do they do? More...
This Day in History

Delano Grape Strike Begins (1965)

In late 1965, California grape workers went on strike to protest poor pay and labor conditions. Labor leader César Chávez soon took up their cause, and in 1966, he and his followers began a 340-mi (547-km) trek from Delano to the state capitol to raise awareness of the farm workers' plight. The march began with 75 people and ended in a rally of 10,000 people on the capitol steps. Many Americans rallied to their cause and boycotted table grapes. The strike lasted five years and accomplished what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe (1749)

Marie Thérèse was a French aristocrat and confidant of Queen Marie Antoinette, who met with members of the National Assembly in Thérèse's salon. As the French Revolution escalated, Thérèse attempted to stir English support for the monarchy but was soon imprisoned with the queen. After refusing to oppose the monarchy, she was delivered to a bloodthirsty mob that murdered and mutilated her in the September Massacres of 1792. After her head was cut off, it was placed on a pike and brought where? More...
Quotation of the Day
The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence...Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

make (someone's) jaw drop

To cause someone to pause in astonishment, awe, or disbelief, especially with their mouth left open. More...
Today's Holiday

International Literacy Day (2021)

Established by the United Nations to encourage universal literacy, this day has been observed since 1966 by all countries and organizations that are part of the UN system. Observances are sponsored primarily by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and include the awarding of special literacy prizes. Prizes are also awarded by the International Reading Association and the Japanese publisher Shoichi Noma to literacy programs that have made a significant difference. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: links

cuff link - Links the split cuff of a shirt. More...

portal - An Internet site offering a directory of links to other sites. More...

latch - Once was a loop or noose; a latch of links was a string of sausages. More...

vincula - Links, ties, and bonds. More...

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