Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

oscillate

Definition:(verb) Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action.
Synonyms:hover, vacillate, vibrate
Usage: He continues to oscillate between accepting the prestigious promotion and retiring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Past Emphatic Tense

We can form a positive sentence in the past simple tense by using the past emphatic tense. It is formed by using "did" before the main verb, which is in the present tense. The emphatic past tense places special emphasis on what? More...
Article of the Day

Bomb Disposal

Bomb disposal is the process by which hazardous explosive devices are rendered safe in both military and civilian scenarios. It became a formalized practice during WWI, when the mass production of munitions led to a large proportion of "duds" being manufactured and fired. These unexploded ordinances were extremely hazardous, so units dedicated to their disposal were created. Today, bomb disposal technicians use remote-controlled robots to neutralize bombs from a distance. What is a "pigstick"? More...
This Day in History

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Established (1946)

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)—now the United Nations Children's Fund—was founded in 1946 for the purpose of providing relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. After 1950, it turned to general children's welfare programs, winning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1965. Today, it focuses on areas in which relatively small expenditures can have a significant impact. How did its famous "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" fundraising campaign begin? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Born (1882)

A prominent German physicist, Born taught theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen from 1921 to 1933, until Nazi policies forced him—a person of Jewish descent—to flee to England, where he continued to teach at the university level. He made contributions to various branches of physics, including solid-state physics and optics, but his most important work was that related to quantum mechanics, which earned him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954. What noted scientists studied under Born? More...
Quotation of the Day
"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2018)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trifle

bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle." More...

burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle." More...

trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection. More...

trifle - From French truffle/truffe, "deceit, trickery." More...

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In the News

Monk seal spotted with eel stuck up its nose. Oh yeah, that happens, scientists say

Have you ever gotten home from work and thought, boy, that was a rough day? Well, at least you don't have a big eel hanging out of your nose. Researchers at the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program spotted a monk seal lounging with an eel jammed up its nose on ... More...
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