Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

driblet

Definition:(noun) A small quantity (especially of a liquid).
Synonyms:drop
Usage: A driblet of water escaped from the corner of her mouth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Adjectives

Collective adjectives are nominal adjectives (adjectives that act as nouns) used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What are some common collective adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Computer Worms

The Internet is a gamer's haven, a business's lifeline, and a hacker's playground. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of worms have devastated the infrastructure of millions of computers around the world, causing billions of dollars of damage—and the life of the worm is far from over. Jerusalem, Michelangelo, and Melissa may all sound innocuous, but these worms have left a trail of devastation in their wake. What are some examples of worms that were launched with non-malicious intent? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of Piltdown Man Announced (1912)

In the early 20th-century, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced that a fossilized skull belonging to a previously unknown species of prehistoric man had been found in Piltdown, England. It took 40 years to definitively determine that the skull was not that of a primitive hominid but rather a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an ape. The perpetrator of the hoax has never been identified, though many have fallen under suspicion, including what famous author? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson (1856)

One of the founders of modern physics, Thomson helped revolutionize the knowledge of atomic structure. He is known primarily for his discovery of the electron and his investigation of its charge and mass, his development of the mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism, and his role in the discovery of isotopes and invention of mass spectrometry. His research into the electrical conductivity of gases earned him a Nobel Prize in 1906. What did Thomson originally call electrons? More...
Quotation of the Day
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the terrible twos

A developmental stage of children, generally at or around the age of two, marked by increased rebelliousness and frequent tantrums. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude (2018)

The Virgen de la Soledad, or Our Lady of Solitude, is the patroness of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Preparations for her fiesta begin several days before December 18, when carnival rides and food booths are set up in the vicinity of the church. For several evenings there are calendas, processions of men and women carrying colored paper lanterns illuminated by candles. There are also floats and huge papier-mâché caricatures of well-known individuals. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the state of Oaxaca to see the Virgin, who is dressed in velvet and satin gowns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoil

bilk - A term originally used in cribbage, meaning "spoil one's opponent's score." More...

corrupt - Comes from Latin corrumpere, "destroy completely," and first meant "to destroy or spoil the flesh, fruit, or organic matter by dissolution or decomposition." More...

infect - From Latin inficere, "put in" or "dip in," which came to mean "stain, taint, spoil." More...

vitiate - "To make imperfect; spoil." More...

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