Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

camarilla

Definition:(noun) A group of confidential, often scheming advisers.
Synonyms:cabal, faction, junto
Usage: The people thought the war was for a righteous cause, but in truth, it was the brainchild of a greedy camarilla that hoped to profit from it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. We also often include durations of time to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. Can you identify the future perfect in the following sentence? "This June, I will have lived in New York for four years." More...
Article of the Day

The Human Botfly

Also known as the torsalo, the human botfly is the only botfly known to attack humans. Its lifecycle begins when a female torsalo captures a mosquito and deposits her eggs on its body. The mosquito then conveys the eggs to a human host, where they burrow beneath the host's skin and develop. After 8 weeks, the creatures drop out to pupate in the soil. While rare, wound infections can occur if the larvae are killed without being fully removed from the skin. The species is native to what region? More...
This Day in History

Secretariat Wins the Triple Crown (1973)

Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat was the first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that still stand today. In fact, in the 40 years since, only one Derby winner has even come close to matching Secretariat's time of 1:59.40. Secretariat advanced from last to first to win the Preakness and won the Belmont Stakes by an unprecedented 31 lengths. What controversy arose regarding the time calculations of the 1973 Preakness? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836)

Anderson was the first licensed female physician, as well as the first female mayor, in England. Denied admission by many medical schools, she studied privately with physicians before finally earning a license from the Scottish Society of Apothecaries. Largely as a result of her efforts, British examining boards later opened their examinations to women. Anderson championed the idea of medical care by female doctors for female patients. What was her New Hospital for Women later renamed? More...
Quotation of the Day
These little grey cells. It is up to them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

on the upswing

Showing or experiencing a noticeable or conspicuous increase, improvement, or expansion. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda National Heroes Day (2018)

Uganda National Heroes Day honors all those who sacrificed themselves to better the lives of the Ugandan people. Unfortunately, the holiday is one of the most divisive days in the Ugandan year. What constitutes a hero, and who specifically should be honored, are matters of debate in the country. Many of the heroes officially recognized by the government are fallen soldiers who died during Uganda's civil war in the 1980s; some citizens have argued for remembering less controversial heroes, such as the Ugandan doctor who detected a deadly Ebola outbreak before it spread. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thrust

thrust - Borrowed from Old Norse thrysta, "compress, thrust." More...

foin - To make a thrust or lunge with a pointed weapon. More...

contrude - To push, thrust, or crowd together. More...

extrude - Its Latin base is trudere, "thrust." More...

In the News

Electric Eels Can Jump out of the Water to Attack

New research reveals that electric eels can spring out of the water and administer powerful electric shocks to would-be predators. Electric eels will attack large, partially submerged objects by raising up out of the water and zapping perceived threats ... More...
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