Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

miscellanea

Definition:(noun) Miscellaneous items or written works collected together.
Synonyms:assortment, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture
Usage: The office was littered with papers, files, and assorted miscellanea.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common and Proper Nouns

Common nouns identify general, nonspecific people, places, or things. A proper noun names someone or something that is one of a kind, which is signified by the use of what? More...
Article of the Day

What is Light?

Light is any wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, though the word is commonly used to refer to the visible light spectrum. The human eye typically perceives electromagnetic wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers, interpreting them as a range of colors from red to violet. Light is understood to exhibit both particle and wave properties, and the fundamental particle, or quantum, of light is called the photon. What is the scientific study of light called? More...
This Day in History

The People's Republic of China Joins the UN Security Council (1971)

The 1949 Communist takeover of mainland China created the People's Republic of China (PRC). The former government, known as the Republic of China (ROC), retained control only of Taiwan and outlying islands. However, for the next 22 years, the ROC also held onto its seat in the UN, representing the mainland it no longer controlled. UN Resolution 2758 finally transferred China's seat to representatives of the PRC. Since then, the ROC has repeatedly applied to rejoin the UN under what names? More...
Today's Birthday

Franklin Pierce (1804)

In 1852, the Democratic party of the US was split into hostile factions, none of which could muster sufficient strength to secure the presidential nomination. The charming and unobjectionable Pierce was nominated as a compromise candidate. He unexpectedly trounced his opposition in the general election despite being largely unknown beforehand. However, Pierce proved unable to mediate slavery-related political troubles. As a testament to his unpopularity, he was the first US president to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

over the course of

In or during the process of. More...
Today's Holiday

St. George's Day (Republic of Georgia) (2017)

Nothing much is known for certain about St. George, but he is popularly known in medieval legend for slaying a vicious dragon that was besieging a town in Cappadocia. To this day, St. George is often depicted with a dragon. St. George's Day, sometimes referred to as Georgemas, has been observed as a religious feast as well as a holiday since the 13th century. It is celebrated on November 23 as a national holiday in the Republic of Georgia. A festival is held at the cathedral of Mtskheta, the old capital and religious center of Georgia. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: positive

litotes - From Greek litos, "simple, single," it refers to an ironical understatement (e.g. no small amount) or two negatives used to make a positive (e.g. it was not unsuccessful); it is pronounced lie-TOH-teez, LEYED-uh-teez, LID-uh-teez, or leye-TOHD-eez. More...

set point - One's set point (for happiness) is a genetically determined level of happiness, to which one returns after positive or negative emotional experiences. More...

Positive, comparative, superlative - Positive is the ordinary form of a word, with comparative conveying a sense of greater intensity of the adjective and superlative reflecting the greatest intensity of the adjective. More...

acceptable face - The positive or reasonable side of something. More...

In the News

This Parasitic Worm Appears to Boost Female Fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world — on average having 10 children in their lifetimes — but some are even more fertile than others. While collecting information from nearly 1,000 women in this ... More...
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