Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

antsy

Definition:(adjective) Nervous and unable to relax.
Synonyms:fidgety, fretful, itchy
Usage: The long wait made the children antsy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Like the future perfect tense, we use the future perfect continuous tense (also known as the "future perfect progressive tense") to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. It can also be used in this way to indicate what? More...
Article of the Day

Sea Turtles

Though all seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered, they are still found in every ocean except the Arctic. Believed to use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate, sea turtles have an extraordinary sense of time and location, and most species return to nest at the exact place where they were born. Certain species even swim ashore together in a single, mass arrival. After a few months, hundreds of hatchlings dig their way out of the nests and seek the ocean. How do they find it? More...
This Day in History

The Lincoln Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1937)

About 120,000 vehicles pass under the Hudson River by way of the 1.5-mile (2.4-km) Lincoln Tunnel every day. A vital link between New York's Manhattan borough and Weehawken, New Jersey, the tunnel was constructed under the supervision of civil engineer and underwater tunnel pioneer Ole Singstad. The first two-lane tube opened in 1937, with two others opening in 1945 and 1957. To accommodate rush-hour traffic patterns, lanes can be reversed. How much was the original fare when the tunnel opened? More...
Today's Birthday

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887)

Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician. Extremely poor, he was largely self-taught from age 15. In 1913, he began a correspondence with English mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that took him to England, where he made advances, especially in the theory of numbers, the partition of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions. He died of tuberculosis at age 32, generally unknown but recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius. What anecdote exists about Ramanujan and the number 1,729? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, 'tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

go the way of the dinosaur(s)

To become extinct, obsolete, old-fashioned, or no longer in common use. More...
Today's Holiday

Capac Raymi (2019)

The Capac Raymi was an Inca festival observed around the time of the December Solstice (the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere). The Inca Empire flourished in the Andean regions of South America, including Peru, Ecuador and the northern parts of Chile and Argentina during the 15th and 16th centuries, until the Spanish arrived in 1531. The Capac Raymi served as an initiation ceremony for the young men of the ruling class. When the solstice arrived, the boys' ears were pierced in order to insert the large ear spools worn by Inca royalty. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

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