Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

rhizome

Definition:(noun) A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
Synonyms:rootstalk
Usage: It was not apparent that the neighboring stalk belonged to the original plant because the rhizome connecting the two was underground.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Could" and Rhetorical Questions

"Could" is sometimes used informally in sarcastic or rhetorical questions that highlight a behavior someone finds irritating, unacceptable, or inappropriate. In these situations, "could" is often (but not always) used with what as a main verb? More...
Article of the Day

Jet Li

Jet Li is a Chinese martial artist and action star, one of the few actors from China who have achieved fame outside of Asia. When he was 8, Li's mother sent him to train in wushu, an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. He became an expert and won 15 gold medals in the Chinese championships, earning him fame and leading to a career as an action star. In 2004, Li suffered what injuries when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Maldives? More...
This Day in History

Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Siffert (1936)

Siffert was a Swiss driver who began his career racing motorcycles but switched to Formula One in 1962. He won the 1968 British Grand Prix but was killed on the same track three years later. After suffering suspension damage, Siffert's car crashed and burst into flames so intense that rescue crews were unable to reach him. It was later determined that the injuries he sustained in the crash were not fatal—he died of smoke inhalation. What safety measures were implemented after the accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

have a nodding acquaintance (with someone or something)

To have a slight or precursory knowledge of someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Co-operatives (2018)

In 1992 the United Nations established International Day of Cooperatives on the first Saturday in July. They chose this date to honor the founding of the International Cooperative Alliance one hundred years earlier. Today the organization represents 760 million people who belong to various cooperatives in 100 countries. In 1994 the United Nations affirmed their commitment to International Day of Cooperatives in recognition of the crucial role that cooperatives play in economic and social development. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rampart

boulevard - From French, literally "rampart" or a "promenade on the site of a rampart." More...

bulwark - Comes from German bole, "plank," and werc, "work," and originally meant "rampart made out of planks or tree trunks." More...

rampart - From Latin re-, "again," and emparer, "fortify," from the earlier ante-, "before," and parare, "prepare." More...

wall - Comes from Latin vallum, "rampart." More...

In the News

The Internet is Officially Too Big

The Internet has (sort of) run out of space. The regional organization tasked with assigning IP addresses in North America, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), is now wait-listing all applicants because it has almost exhausted its supply ... More...
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