Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

bourdon

Definition:(noun) A pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone.
Synonyms:drone pipe
Usage: The continuous note emanating from the bourdon was hypnotic and carried the listener off into another world.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement with Uncountable Nouns

Because uncountable nouns cannot be plural, it is very important to use the correct subject-verb agreement. What form of a verb must uncountable nouns take? More...
Article of the Day

Camels, the Even-Toed Ungulates

Camels, ruminant mammals of the family Camelidae, are well adapted to desert life, as they can live for several days without drinking and their broad, flat, two-toed feet do not sink in the sand. There are two species of true camel, the single-humped Arabian camel, a domesticated animal used in Arabia and N Africa, and the two-humped Bactrian camel of central Asia. The humps, fat stores that provide energy and water when metabolized, also aid in desert survival. How fast can a camel run? More...
This Day in History

William Tell Shoots an Apple Off His Son's Head (1307)

Tell is a famous Swiss folk hero who is remembered in a 15th-century chronicle as an expert marksman who assassinated a tyrannical Austrian governor. According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake and ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. When Tell refused, he was ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded and later escaped imprisonment to kill the governor—an event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832)

Nordenskiöld was a Finnish-born Swedish geologist, mineralogist, geographer, and explorer who wrote several valuable books on geography, cartography, and travel. In 1858, he settled in Stockholm and became professor and curator of mineralogy at the Swedish State Museum. He led several expeditions to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen between 1864 and 1873 and later became the first to sail from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage. He was also the first to break through what ice barrier? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

Is the glass half empty or half full?

A question to determine whether a given situation could be perceived optimistically or pessimistically. More...
Today's Holiday

Latvia Independence Day (2015)

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punch

punch buggy - A game in which the first player to call "punch buggy!" on sighting a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch the other person. More...

doust - A firm blow or punch. More...

pack a punch, pack it in - Pack a punch is of U.S. origin from the 1920s, as is pack it in. More...

punch - Has an obscure origin, but stories include it being from Sanskrit panca, "five/five kinds of," as the drink had five ingredients. More...

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