Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

patella

Definition:(noun) A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint.
Synonyms:kneecap, kneepan
Usage: Having learned his lesson, the rollerblader wore kneepads to protect his patellae from further injury.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Viewpoint Adverbs

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view we are expressing, or to specify what aspect of something we are talking about. What do they modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Bloatware

During the 1970s, computer system resources like disk space and memory were fairly limited, and software developers worked long hours to produce small, efficient software products. Although technology has since improved, the industry's focus on marketing and rapid coding has resulted in the proliferation of bloatware—software that gets larger and more complex with each version without providing obvious benefits to users. Which of today's programs are often cited as examples of bloatware? More...
This Day in History

First American Girl Scouts Meeting (1912)

After meeting Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first meeting of the Girl Scouts in the US in Savannah, Georgia. There were only 18 girls at the first meeting, but within a few decades, the organization boasted hundreds of thousands of participants. More than 50 million American women have participated in the Girl Scouts since then, learning practical skills through character-building activities. What was the original name of the Girl Scouts? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838)

At the age of 15, Perkin entered the Royal College of Chemistry in London. It was there, just a few years later, that he discovered the first synthetic dye. Since antiquity, purple garments had been a mark of royalty, as natural purple dyes had to be extracted from mollusks or insects and were thus quite expensive. The lab-created dye made Perkin a wealthy man. In 1906, the chemist was knighted. At the time of his discovery, he had had been trying to create a synthetic version of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

make ground

To become more successful, popular, important, or accepted. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gregory's Day (2018)

St. Gregory, a sixth-century monk who became pope, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren and scholars. In Belgium, schoolchildren rise early on March 12 and parade through the streets dressed as "little soldiers of St. Gregory." They carry a big basket for gifts and are accompanied by a noisy drummer. The young girls in the procession wear big shoulder bows that resemble the wings of a butterfly. They march from house to house, pausing at each door to sing a song and to ask for treats, and the procession always includes a group of angels. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: readiness

impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready." More...

procinct - A state of readiness or preparation. More...

stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669. More...

gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness." More...

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