Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

rubella

Definition:(noun) A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.
Synonyms:German measles, epidemic roseola, three-day measles
Usage: The parents were relieved when the doctor said that their son's rubella would improve in a matter of days.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose vs. Who's

Beware of the common error of confusing "whose" and "who's." "Whose" is an interrogative adjective or pronoun. What is "who's"? More...
Article of the Day

Brownstone

Brownstone is a red to brown variety of sandstone, whose unusual color is caused in some instances by the presence of red iron oxide which acts as a cement, binding the sand grains together. During the Triassic period, vast thicknesses of brownstone were deposited in the Connecticut River Valley of the northeast, and they were used to build the many brownstone houses and buildings in the area between Baltimore and Boston. Is sandstone a durable building material? More...
This Day in History

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More...
Quotation of the Day
Prescription, n.: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

endgame

The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2019)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: horror

horrible, horror, horrid - Horrible, horror, and horrid are from Latin horrere, "stand on end" (hair) or "tremble, shudder," and the original sense of horrid was "bristly, shaggy, rough." More...

horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid - In decreasing degree of horror: horrific, horrendous, horrible, horrid. More...

pant - The shock that makes you "gasp" is behind the word pant, from Latin phantasiare, "gasp in horror." More...

terror, horror - Terror is stronger than horror, though it usually lasts for a shorter time. More...

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