Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

mensurable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being measured.
Synonyms:measurable
Usage: The mensurable increase in the cost of oil has had wide-reaching effects on the country's economy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying the Middle Voice

Certain intransitive verbs can be used to modify an agent (usually an inanimate object) that is also the receiver of the action. How can you determine whether an intransitive verb is in the active voice or the middle voice? More...
Article of the Day

Tuk-Tuks

Tuk-tuks are small vehicles used for urban transport. They are especially popular in the traffic-congested and densely populated cities of Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok. Often employed as taxis, tuk-tuks usually have sheet metal bodies with canvas roofs and drop-down or removable sides. They rest on three wheels—one in front and two in back—have a small cabin for the driver, and seating for up to three passengers. Rather than steering wheels, tuk-tuks possess what steering mechanism? More...
This Day in History

The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)

In the late 1960s, Australian farmer Leonard Casley protested government wheat quotas he considered unfair. Unsuccessful, he turned to Commonwealth law and styled himself a monarch—His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt—and founded The Principality of Hutt River. His pronouncement of sovereignty was never successfully challenged by the Australian government, and he is now considered a non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes. What legal quirks allowed him to start his own micronation? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Wheeler Shaw, AKA Josh Billings (1818)

Shaw studied at Hamilton College but was expelled for removing the clapper from the chapel bell. After a roving life as farmer, explorer, and coal miner, he settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, as an auctioneer and real estate dealer. In 1860, using the pseudonym Josh Billings, he began to write humorous sketches and homespun philosophies in rural dialect—often with intentionally crude misspellings—and soon became a popular lecturer. What are some of Shaw's best aphorisms? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old ... To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Ridvan (2018)

The Feast of Ridvan is a Baha'i celebration to commemorate a 12-day period in 1863 when the Baha'i founder, Baha'u'llah (which means "Glory of God"), made the declaration that he was God's messenger for this age. When he made his declaration, Baha'u'llah was staying outside Baghdad, Iraq, at a garden he called Ridvan, meaning "Paradise." The first, ninth, and 12th days of the period (April 21, 29, and May 2, respectively) are holy days when work is suspended. The celebration starts at sunset, April 20, the eve of Ridvan. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: quiet

coy, quiet - Coy and quiet derive from Latin quietus, "at rest, in repose," with coy coming from the Old French form coi (earlier quei), and quiet coming straight from Latin; the original sense of coy was "quiet, still." More...

conticent - If something is hushed or quiet, it is conticent. More...

q.t. - An abbreviation for "quiet," as in, on the q.t. (or QT). More...

wildtrack, room tone - The wildtrack or room tone consists of the barely audible noises that make up a background sense of quiet. More...

In the News

New tooth treatment could heal your cavities

Researchers may have found a way to rebuild cavity-damaged teeth without the use of expensive and painful treatments. Peptide-based treatment - which involves amino acid chains applied and then bound to lesions in the enamel of a tooth - proved to ... More...
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