Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

viviparous

Definition:(adjective) Zoology Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
Synonyms:live-bearing
Usage: Viviparous offspring live independently and require an external food supply from birth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Be" as an Auxiliary Verb vs. "Be" as a Linking Verb

We must be careful not to confuse how "be" functions as a linking verb with how it functions as an auxiliary verb. When it is used as an auxiliary, "be" is no longer an independent verb describing the subject of the sentence. What does it do instead? More...
Article of the Day

Mirror Boxes

Between 50 and 80 percent of amputees experience phantom limb sensations, feelings that an absent limb is still present. These sensations are often painful. In the early 1990s, neurologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran hypothesized that the phenomenon might be caused by changes in the brain rather than in peripheral nerves and developed the mirror box to alleviate the discomfort. A simple device, it creates the visual illusion that the phantom limb has reappeared. How is this believed to help? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Mt. McKinley's South Peak (1913)

With a summit elevation of 20,320 ft (6,194 m), Alaska's Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. James Wickersham led the first recorded climbing attempt in 1903 but turned back at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). In 1910, a group known as the Sourdough expedition claimed to have summited its lower, northern peak. Three years later, explorer Hudson Stuck and three others made the first successful ascent of the South Summit—its true summit. How did Stuck's ascent verify the Sourdough climb? More...
Today's Birthday

Sylvanus Griswold Morley (1883)

Morley was an American archaeologist who studied pre-Columbian Maya civilization throughout Central America, including at Copán, Honduras, Petén, Guatemala, and Chichén Itzá, Mexico. Though his archaeological work was widely recognized during his lifetime, it was only after his death that his other career was revealed—Morley worked as a spy for the US during World War I by searching for German submarine bases in Central America. His adventurous life may have inspired what famous film character? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

on (one's) tod

Without or not near to anyone else; on one's own; all alone. A shortening of the Cockney rhyming slang "on one's Tod Sloan," referring to a once-famous American horse jockey who fell into disrepute in the early 20th century and died penniless and alone. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

International Carillon Festival (2018)

The International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, attracts carillonneurs from France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as from the United States. The centerpiece of the festival is the Rees Memorial Carillon. The festival, instituted in 1962, features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and other compositions arranged for the carillon. The performances take place in Springfield's Washington Park, where listeners can sit the recommended 300 or more feet away. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sake

eristic - Means "enjoying argument for its own sake," or "of or pertaining to controversy." More...

fine art, commercial artwork - Fine art is any art created for its own sake, as opposed to commercial artwork. More...

heaven's sake - It is heaven's sake (not heavens' sake, heaven's sakes, etc.). More...

sensuous, sensual - Sensuous usually implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure; sensual usually describes gratification of the senses or physical appetites as an end in itself. More...

In the News

Does Wearing Glasses Mean You Are Smarter? Yes, Suggests New Genetic Study

It's a common high school movie trope: The dorky, four-eyed kid who excels academically despite their failing sight. But a new study suggests there might be a kernel of truth in that stereotype. In what is believed to be the largest genetic study into ... More...
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