Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

brachypterous

Definition:(adjective) Having very short or rudimentary wings, as certain insects.
Synonyms:short-winged
Usage: Some brachypterous insects evade predators by jumping short distances.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the simple present tense) is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Why is it called the present "simple"? More...
Article of the Day

Freeze-Drying

Freeze-drying is a dehydration process typically used to preserve perishable material or make it more convenient to transport. The process involves freezing a substance, reducing the surrounding pressure, and adding enough heat to allow the frozen water in the material to sublimate, or change directly from the solid to gas state. Properly sealed freeze-dried substances can be stored at room temperature for years without spoiling. How is freeze-drying often used by pharmaceutical companies? More...
This Day in History

Charles the Good Is Assassinated (1127)

As count of Flanders from 1119 until his death, Charles the Good strove to help the poor, distributing bread in times of famine and working to ensure that grain was sold to them at a fair price. Angered by this policy, one influential family had Charles hacked to death while in church. The popular count's brutal murder provoked public outrage, and though he was not formally beatified until the 19th century, he was almost immediately regarded popularly as a martyr. What became of his murderers? More...
Today's Birthday

Sholem Aleichem (1859)

One of the great Yiddish writers, Aleichem is best known for his humorous tales of life among the poverty-ridden and oppressed Russian Jews of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works include five novels, many plays, and some 300 short stories. In the last years of his life, Aleichem lived in the US and died in New York City, where, through his work, he helped to found the Yiddish Art Theater. Many of his works have been adapted for the stage, most notably what musical? More...
Quotation of the Day
Habit, n.: A shackle for the free.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a peg too low

Dejected; in low spirits. It originally referred to pegs that were inserted into draughts to measure how much alcohol had been consumed. If the peg was low, there wasn't much alcohol left to drink. More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Peasants' Day (2019)

The Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, is in southeast Asia; its predominant industry is agriculture. At one point, Myanmar was the biggest exporter of rice in Asia, but now their line of agricultural products is more diverse. The country could not support these agricultural activities without the peasant workers, and to show their appreciation for the peasants' contribution, the country has declared March 2 Peasants' Day. It is a national holiday. It was also on this day in 1962 that Burmese General Ne Win led the military coup. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inquiry

query, inquiry, enquiry - A query is a single question; an inquiry (or enquiry) may be a single question or extensive investigation (i.e. a series of questions). More...

inquirendo, percontation - An inquirendo or percontation is an investigation or inquiry. More...

prosecute - First meant "to follow up or pursue an inquiry or studies" or "to pursue to the end." More...

zetetic - As an adjective, it means "inquiring, investigating" and "proceeding by inquiry or investigation," or, as a noun, "inquirer." More...

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