Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

alkali

Definition:(noun) Any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water.
Synonyms:base
Usage: He dropped a piece of litmus paper into an acid, when it changed instantly to red, and on floating it in an alkali it turned as quickly to blue.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree are used to indicate the intensity, degree, or extent of the verb, adjective, or adverb they are modifying. Where do they always appear in relation to the part of speech they describe? More...
Article of the Day

The Microscope

A key tool in laboratories and biology classrooms, the microscope produces enlarged images of small objects. Its inventor is not conclusively known, so it is credited to two people—Zacharias Janssen around 1590 and Galileo around 1610. Probably the best known type is the compound microscope, which consists of an objective lens and an eyepiece and is widely used in the examination of plant and animal cells and bacteria. Who helped popularize the microscope by using it to discover red blood cells? More...
This Day in History

Donald Campbell Dies in Water Speed Record Attempt (1967)

Following in the footsteps of his father—record-breaking English racing enthusiast Malcolm Campbell—Donald Campbell set the world speed record on water at 276 mph (445 km/h) in 1964. In 1967, during an attempt to set a new record, Donald's jet-powered boat violently disintegrated over Coniston Water, killing him instantly. Though his teddy bear mascot was found floating among the debris, Donald's body was not recovered until nearly 35 years later. Did he at least succeed in breaking his record? More...
Today's Birthday

James Bond (1900)

An expert in Caribbean birds and a distinguished ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Bond wrote the definitive Birds of the West Indies in 1936. The book came to the attention of avid bird-watcher Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica. He contacted Bond and asked if he could use the ornithologist's name for the hero of his first novel, Casino Royale. Bond agreed. In what film can the fictional Bond be seen reading the real-life Bond's book? More...
Quotation of the Day
Experience, n.: The wisdom that enables us to recognize as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

take a load off (one's feet)

To sit down and rest one's feet; to relax. (Usually said as a suggestion.) More...
Today's Holiday

Sakata Chauth (2018)

Hindu men and women fast on this day in honor of Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom with the head of an elephant, because it is believed to be the day of his birth. After being bathed first thing in the morning, the statue of Ganesh is worshipped with sweets and balls made of jaggery (a coarse, dark sugar made from palm trees) and sesame seeds. When the moon rises, the fast is broken, and the moon god is worshipped and offered water. The day-long fast observed on Sakata Chauth is believed to ensure wisdom, a trouble-free life, and prosperity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snort

chortle - Probably a blend of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carroll. More...

frump - Also means a snort or a sneer or jeer. More...

snore, snort - Like snort, which originally meant "snore," snore is from a Germanic base imitative of the sound. More...

whoofle - To snort, gurgle, or snuffle. More...

In the News

Diet rich in apples, tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers, study suggests

The natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, suggesting certain ... More...
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