Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

half-staff

Definition:(noun) A position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress.
Synonyms:half-mast
Usage: Out of respect for the fallen police officer, all government buildings flew their flags at half-staff for a week.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with "Up"

To determine the meanings of idiomatic phrasal verbs, we must memorize as many combinations as possible. Many idioms end with "up," such as "hang up" and "make up." What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Lake Malawi

The third largest lake in Africa and ninth largest in the world, Lake Malawi is bounded on the west and south by Malawi, on the east by Mozambique, and on the north by Tanzania. Also known as Lake Nyasa—so named by Scottish missionary David Livingstone in 1859—it is approximately 360 miles (580 km) long with an average width of 25 miles (40 km). Fed by 14 rivers, it is home to more than 200 recorded species of fish—making it one of the most species-diverse lakes in the world. How deep is it? More...
This Day in History

"Malaysian Haze" Prompts State of Emergency Declaration (2005)

For a week in 2005, a choking, smog-like haze brought the central part of peninsular Malaysia to a standstill. Air quality was so poor that a state of emergency was declared in the district of Kuala Selangor and the country's major shipping center, Port Klang. Residents were instructed to stay home, and schools were closed. Only supermarkets and essential services remained open. Miraculously, Kuala Lumpur's main airport was unaffected. What was identified as the primary cause of the haze? More...
Today's Birthday

Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778)

A German patriot and educator at a time when Europe was actively trying to free itself from Napoleonic rule, Jahn founded a gymnastic society, Turnverein, to build strength and fellowship among young people as well as help foster a nationalistic spirit among members. After Napoleon's defeat, German leaders came to view the once-sanctioned organization as a threat and had its founder arrested in 1819 and a national ban placed on gymnastics. What now-standard gymnastics equipment did Jahn invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

out of (one's) hair

No longer pestering or annoying to one; not one's responsibility or burden any longer. More...
Today's Holiday

Goschenhoppen Historians' Folk Festival (2018)

The Goschenhoppen region of Pennsylvania, in what is now Montgomery County, was settled in the early 18th century mostly by German immigrants. The Goschenhoppen Historians, a group founded in 1963 to study and preserve the culture of the Pennsylvania German, also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, hold an annual Folk Festival at Goschenhoppen Park in East Greenville every summer to educate the public about life in this area during the 18th and 19th centuries and to preserve the traditional skills of the Pennsylvania German people. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inability

acalculia - The inability to perform simple arithmetic. More...

impotence, sterility - Impotence is the male's inability to copulate or get an erection; sterility is the inability of either a male or female to procreate. More...

abulia, aboulia - Inability to make decisions is abulia or aboulia. More...

paramnesia - Can mean the inability to recall the meanings of common words. More...

In the News

The first detailed map of red foxes' DNA may reveal domestication secrets

For nearly 60 years, scientists in Siberia have bred silver foxes in an attempt to replay how domestication occurred thousands of years ago. Now, in a first, researchers have compiled the genetic instruction book, or genome, of Vulpes vulpes, the red ... More...
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