Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

face-off

Definition:(noun) A hostile disagreement face-to-face.
Synonyms:confrontation, encounter, showdown
Usage: The relationship between the two officers deteriorated until they had a noisy face-off at the chief's office.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Shall

The modal auxiliary verb "shall" is used in many of the same ways as "will," including to form future tenses and to make requests or offers. Generally, "shall" is only used with what subject pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Fermentation

Fermentation is the process by which a living cell obtains energy by breaking down simple sugars and other molecules without using oxygen. It occurs in different chemical sequences in different species of organisms. In alcoholic fermentation, known to humans for at least 7,000 years, the glucose molecule is degraded to two molecules of the two-carbon alcohol, ethanol, and to two molecules of carbon dioxide. What serious illness can result from eating fermented food? More...
This Day in History

Korean War Begins (1950)

After WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the north and US forces occupying the south. Negotiations to reunify the two zones failed, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. US President Harry Truman ordered troops to assist South Korea, and the UN backed the mission. As UN troops advanced across North Korea, the People's Republic of China intervened, pushing them back to the original boundary at the 38th parallel. How many people were killed in the war? More...
Today's Birthday

Sidney Lumet (1924)

Lumet was an American film and television director with over 50 films to his name, three of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He began acting as a child, appearing in Yiddish productions and on Broadway. After serving in WWII, he began directing plays and teaching acting. He directed more than 200 television dramas before making his debut as a movie director in 1957 with the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men. For what did Lumet receive an Academy Award in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

not say boo to a goose

To be particularly shy, diffident, or timid by nature. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Independence Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates Mozambique's independence from Portugal, attained on this day in 1975 after 10 years of warfare and nearly half a century of Portuguese rule. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sits

trimmer - One who sits on the fence or remains neutral about political issues. More...

insessor - One who sits in or on/upon something. More...

nest - From Indo-European nizdos, literally "(place where the bird) sits down." More...

soot - Etymologically, something that "sits" on something else—like film settling on a surface. More...

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