Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

camion

Definition:(noun) A low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage.
Synonyms:dray
Usage: An empty camion came bumping down the cobblestone street, pulled by two exhausted horses.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Present Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the present tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to the present moment in time. What is the present simple structure used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Dry Quicksand

Considered a mythic substance until recently, dry quicksand is loose sand that behaves like ordinary quicksand but contains no water and operates in a different manner. Though accounts of whole caravans being swallowed up by the substance have been discounted as folklore, researchers have demonstrated that aerating fine sand reduces its bulk density and creates a dry quicksand that could envelop an entire vehicle. How did fear of dry quicksand affect the planning of the Apollo moon missions? More...
This Day in History

Maxentius Becomes Emperor of Rome (306 CE)

Shortly after Roman co-emperors Diocletian and Maximian retired, Maximian's successor, Constantius, died. The Romans, discontented with the shift of power away from Rome, supported Maximian's son, Maxentius, who claimed the throne. His father came out of retirement to help him when Severus and Galerius claimed the throne and tried to overthrow him. Severus was compelled to surrender, and Galerius withdrew. Maxentius and his father fell out, however, and Maxentius was defeated by whom in 312 CE? More...
Today's Birthday

Auguste Escoffier (1846)

Escoffier was a legendary French chef credited with inventing peach Melba and other classic dishes. He began his career in his uncle's kitchen, and by the time he retired some 60 years later, he had directed the kitchens of several grand European hotels and earned himself a reputation as the "Emperor of Chefs." In 1903, he published Le Guide Culinaire, which contains 5,000 recipes and is still used today as both a cookbook and cooking textbook. How did peach Melba get its name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

Peter Pan syndrome

A psychological state or condition in which a grown person cannot or refuses to act like an adult; a stubborn and persistent immaturity found in an adult person. More...
Today's Holiday

Ochi Day (2018)

Ochi Day is a national holiday in Greece, commemorating the day during World War II when Greeks said "ochi" ("no") to an attempted incursion ordered by Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. On October 28, 1940, the Italian ambassador to Greece called on Gen. Ioannis Metaxas, the prime minister, to demand that Italian troops be allowed to occupy areas in Greece. Metaxas curtly responded, "Ochi." The Italians invaded, but were routed by the Greeks. Ochi Day is observed in Greece with military and school parades; it is also a public holiday celebrated in Cyprus with parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: teaching

clinic - First meant "teaching of medicine at the bedside." More...

didactics - The art or science of teaching. More...

ear training - In music, it is the teaching of pitch and rhythm recognition. More...

hypnopedia - Teaching during sleep. More...

In the News

Cave-Dwelling Millipede Has 414 Legs and an Unusual Number of Other Appendages, Too

Millipedes, the little blunt-headed invertebrates with a habit of coiling up like baby ferns, rarely live up their name. In Latin, millipede means “thousand feet,” though the majority of the arthropods do not surpass the hundred-leg mark. That is not ... More...
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