Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

clotheshorse

Definition:(noun) A person excessively concerned with dress.
Synonyms:dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell
Usage: The clotheshorse could be found at the boutique once a week, poring over a variety of suits, sweaters, and ties, and inevitably buying at least three of each.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Simple Tense

The past simple tense (also called the simple past tense, or simply the past simple) is used to express completed actions. The past simple is often used with what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Prokaryota: The First Living Cells

It is generally accepted that the first living cells on Earth were some form of prokaryote. In biology, a prokaryote is generally a single-celled organism that lacks membrane-bound organelles such as a nucleus, mitochondria, and chloroplasts. Genetic material is instead organized into a ring-like structure called a nucleoid. Most prokaryotes are bacteria, and the two terms are often treated as synonyms. What are the four basic shapes of prokaryotic cells? More...
This Day in History

Russian Settlers Establish Fort Ross, California (1812)

Located in what is now Sonoma County, California, Fort Ross was in operation from 1812 to 1841 as a trading outpost for the Russian-American Company. The southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of North America, it was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. Fort Ross was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding yards, and Russian scientists there were among the first to record California's cultural and natural history. How did the Fort get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852)

Although she was born a member of the upper class, which traditionally identified with British rule in Ireland, Gregory embraced Irish cultural nationalism and became an extremely important figure of the Irish literary revival. She collected and published several volumes of Irish folk tales, wrote and translated dozens of plays, and directed multiple theater companies. The name of Irish author Denis Johnston's play The Old Lady Says No! refers to what incident involving Gregory? More...
Quotation of the Day
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on "to split," a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a "banana split," an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) More...
Today's Holiday

Anna Parenna Festival (2018)

Anna Perenna was a Roman goddess who represented the circle or ring of the year—Anna being the feminine form of annus (meaning "year") and March, the month her festival was observed, being the first month of the Roman calendar. On the day of her festival, the plebs of Rome went to the Campus Martius, a large field outside the walls of the city, and lay about on the grass, often constructing simple huts out of stakes and branches with togas stretched across the top. They spent the day drinking, dancing, and singing, returning to the city at night in a state of deep intoxication. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: merchandise

bale - A package of merchandise. More...

avoirdupois weight, Imperial weight - Avoirdupois or Imperial weight is commonly used to measure food, people, and merchandise. More...

emporeutic - Means pertaining to merchandise or to trade. More...

merchant, merchandise - Merchant and merchandise come from Latin mercari, "to trade." More...

In the News

Reading from a Tablet before Bed May Affect Sleep Quality

People who read from an iPad for 30 minutes before going to sleep felt less sleepy and had different electrical activity in the brain during sleep than those who read from a physical book, a recent study found. But the time it took to fall asleep and ... More...
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