Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

surfactant

Definition:(noun) A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.
Synonyms:wetting agent, surface-active agent, wetter
Usage: She ordered a new pair of glasses and had the lenses coated with a surfactant that would act as an anti-fogging agent.
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

Capoeira

An Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, capoeira originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil and is now a popular art form practiced worldwide. Capoeira is performed in a special roda, or circle, where practitioners take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring. While capoeira focuses on skill rather than injuring opponents, the intensity of an individual game depends on the rhythm of the music. Why was capoeira outlawed in Brazil in 1890? 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
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

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

Study: Every Eight Minutes, a Baby Is Injured Using a Nursery Product

More than 66,000 children younger than three go to the emergency room annually for accidents involving nursery products, according to a new study. That's about one every eight minutes. A Nationwide Children's Hospital study published in the Pediatrics ... More...
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