Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

myopia

Definition:(noun) A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness.
Synonyms:nearsightedness, shortsightedness
Usage: By the time she was 30, her myopia had gotten so bad that she was declared legally blind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Proper Order for Adverbs of Time

Remember, adverbs of time can be used to describe three different aspects: duration, frequency, and certain points in time (when). If we are using multiple adverbs of time in the same sentence, and if there is no special emphasis given to one aspect over another, in what order do they generally appear? More...
Article of the Day

The Story of Wenamun

Known only from one incomplete copy discovered in 1890, the Story of Wenamun tells the tale of an Egyptian priest and his journey to Byblos in Phoenicia. Once widely believed to be an actual historical account, the story is now generally accepted by Egyptologists as a work of historical fiction. Still, the vivid narrative, written in the ancient Egyptian writing system of hieratic, is often treated by historians as a primary source on the late 20th Dynasty. In what year is the story set? More...
This Day in History

Sony Introduces the Walkman (1979)

Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. Who invented the portable personal stereo cassette player years before the Walkman's debut? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology. In the early 1700s, he became embroiled in a controversy with Isaac Newton over what issue? More...
Quotation of the Day
That is the natural way of women...to scorn the one that loves them, and love the one that hates them.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

come into question

To become doubted, scrutinized, or a matter of serious discussion. More...
Today's Holiday

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (2017)

Formerly an occupied territory of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on July 1, 1997. The day is reserved for official celebrations of Hong Kong and its unique "one country, two systems" arrangement with its mainland ally. Large crowds observe the anniversary by turning out for an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the emblems of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. There is also a parade featuring traditional drumming performances and dragon dance troupes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: torment

aghast - From a verb agastea, "frighten," based on an Old English word meaning "torment." More...

cruciation - Another word for torment or torture. More...

crux - Originated as a reference to a real cross and its association with torment and trouble. More...

dretch - To torment. More...

In the News

The World Is Running Dangerously Low on Helium. This Discovery Reinflates Our Supply

For the first time ever, researchers have tracked and located a helium gas field. And the discovery, presented Tuesday during the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Japan, could help allay fears about a global helium shortage, which could affect ... More...
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