Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

incertitude

Definition:(noun) The state of being unsure of something.
Synonyms:doubtfulness, dubiousness, uncertainty
Usage: Here, too, he was disappointed; and then all was afloat, in the painful incertitude of doubt and conjecture.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Particles

A particle is a word that does not have semantic meaning on its own, but instead relies on the word it is paired with to have meaning. A particle cannot "inflect." What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Rongorongo

Rongorongo is a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island that is believed to be a form of writing or proto-writing, though all attempts to decipher the inscriptions, found on some two dozen objects, have thus far failed. The glyphs feature a variety of stylized human, animal, vegetable, and geometric shapes. If rongorongo is found to be writing, it would be one of only three or four known independent inventions of writing in human history. How old are the inscriptions? More...
This Day in History

First Flight over the North Pole? (1926)

In 1926, aviators Floyd Bennett and Richard Byrd took off from Spitsbergen Island on what would be a historic flight. When they returned, they announced that they had flown over the North Pole, becoming the first to do so. Although both men received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the feat—and Byrd went on to make the first flight over the South Pole in 1929—many were skeptical about their North Pole claims. What diary entries have led many to believe they never reached the pole? More...
Today's Birthday

Roger Hargreaves (1935)

English children's book author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves is best remembered for his beloved Mr. Men and Little Miss books, featuring colorful, boldly drawn characters like Mr. Silly, Mr. Happy, and Little Miss Chatterbox. Hargreaves is said to have been inspired to create the series after his young son innocently asked what a tickle looked like. Since 1971, when Mr. Tickle was first published, his books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. What does a tickle look like? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Idiom of the Day

not in a million years

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Russia) (2018)

Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9 people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: states

nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically. More...

political map - Shows the boundaries of cities, states, and countries. More...

statistic - Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world. More...

booster name - A nickname for a state (as on a license plate). More...

In the News

What it's like to live in Nasa's new spacecraft

In 1959, when Nasa's original seven astronauts first saw their tiny single-man Mercury space capsule, they weren't impressed. It appeared to have no windows and few controls – the elite test pilots complained that they would be little more than 'spam ... More...
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