Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

hydrophyte

Definition:(noun) A plant adapted to grow in water.
Synonyms:aquatic plant
Usage: Water lilies and other hydrophytes dotted the surface of the lake.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbial Phrases

An adverbial phrase is a group of words that functions as an adverb in a sentence. That is, it modifies a verb, adjective, adverb, clause, or the sentence as a whole. "Very quickly" is an adverbial phrase. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

XYY Syndrome

XYY syndrome is a chromosomal anomaly characterized by the presence of one X-chromosome and two Y-chromosomes. Some medical geneticists question whether the term "syndrome" is appropriate for this sex-linked trisomy, because afflicted males are physically normal—though they tend to be above average in height—and the vast majority of those affected do not know that they possess the extra chromosome. About 1 in 1,000 boys are born with this condition. How does the chromosomal disorder develop? More...
This Day in History

The Eschede Train Disaster (1998)

On the morning of June 3, 1998, the Munich-Hamburg Inner City Express train derailed near the village of Eschede, Germany, while traveling at 124 mph (200 km/h). One of the train cars hit a bridge, causing it to collapse. The cars behind jackknifed into the wreckage, while the front part of the train detached, coming to a stop well past the Eschede station. More than 100 people died as a result of the crash. Investigators later determined that the crash had been caused by what single problem? More...
Today's Birthday

Reverend John Hale (1636)

Hale was a church pastor in nearby Beverly, Massachusetts, during the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. Initially, Hale supported the prosecutions of the alleged witches. Once his second wife was accused of witchcraft, however, he had a change of heart, denouncing the practice of witch hunts in his book A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft. A fictional portrayal of Hale appears in Arthur Miller's famed play The Crucible. What happened to Hale's wife? More...
Quotation of the Day
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

oat opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. More...
Today's Holiday

Sjomannadagur (2018)

Sjomannadagur is a day honoring the role that fishing and fishermen have played in Icelandic history, celebrated in the coastal towns and cities of Iceland. Sailors take the day off, and the Seaman's Union sponsors many events, such as competitions in rowing and swimming, tugs-of-war and sea rescue competitions. Celebrations begin with a church service and a trip to the local cemetery to honor sailors lost at sea. Afterward there are children's parades, dances, outdoor cookouts, and bonfires in the evening. The proceeds from the day's events go to the national fund that supports old seamen's homes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: insertion

graft, splice - A graft is one thing attached to another by insertion or implantation so it becomes part of it; a splice is the joining of two things end-to-end to make a new whole. More...

pilot hole - A small hole drilled or hammered for the insertion of a nail or screw, or for drilling a larger hole. More...

punctuate, punctuation - Punctuate—which first meant "point out"—and punctuation are from Latin punctus, "prick, point"; the present-day meaning comes from the insertion of "points" or dots into written texts to indicate pauses (once called "pointing"). More...

insert, insertion - The Latin elements in- and serere, "to join, plant," are part of insert and insertion. More...

In the News

Is that a minivan or a sea sponge? Scientists spot possible oldest animal

Scientists have recently discovered the largest, and possibly one of the oldest, sea sponges ever recorded as remote controlled diving vehicles scoured the ... More...
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