Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

galvanize

Definition:(verb) To stimulate to action.
Synonyms:startle
Usage: The appeal has galvanized them into taking positive action.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensive Pronouns

Intensive pronouns add emphasis to the sentence by reiterating the subject (known as the pronoun’s antecedent). When an intensive pronoun is used to add emphasis, where is it generally placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Caenorhabditis elegans

The first multicellular organism to have its genome fully sequenced, C. elegans is a nematode that lives in soil, feeds on bacteria, and reaches about 0.04 in (1 mm) in length. Its small genome and transparent skin have led it to be widely used as a "model organism" by geneticists and developmental biologists. Because it experiences the same symptoms as humans undergo when they stop using a certain product, C. elegans has been identified as a model for dependence on what substance? More...
This Day in History

Unabomber Arrested (1996)

Between the late-1970s and the mid-1990s, an elusive bomber, dubbed the "Unabomber" by the FBI, perpetrated of a series of bombings in the US that killed three people and wounded 23. In 1995, the Washington Post and The New York Times published the Unabomber's lengthy manifesto after he pledged in return to end the bombings. A year later, the FBI, acting on information from the Unabomber's brother, arrested Theodore Kaczynski at his isolated cabin in Montana. Whom did he target? More...
Today's Birthday

George Herbert (1593)

Herbert was a British metaphysical poet, ordained priest and rector, and Cambridge University orator. His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633. The poems concern personal, doctrinal, and ritual matters and are noted for their mastery of metrical form, use of allegory and analogy, and religious devotion. Some are pattern poems, in which the lines form what? More...
Quotation of the Day
What one man can invent another can discover.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

burn up the road

To travel very fast. Often used to describe driving. More...
Today's Holiday

Chinhae (Jinhae) Cherry Blossom Festival (2019)

The Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Jinhae (Chinhae), South Kyongsang, Korea, the headquarters of the Korean Navy. The purpose of the festival is to enjoy the thousands of blossoming cherry trees and also to honor Korea's illustrious Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Admiral Yi defeated the Japanese in several sea battles during the latter's invasions of the late 16th century. While the cherries bloom, there are daily events—a memorial service, parades, sports contests, music and dance performances, and folk games. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trumpet

kazoo, bazooka - Dutch bazu, "trumpet," gives us the words kazoo and bazooka, the latter originally being a form of kazoo that was a long sounding-horn. More...

jubilee - Comes from Hebrew yobhel, "ram's horn," which was used as a trumpet to proclaim the jubilee, a year of emancipation and restoration (every 50 years). More...

taratantara - The sound of a bugle or trumpet can be called taratantara. More...

tuba - The Latin word for "trumpet." More...

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