Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

duster

Definition:(noun) A loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles.
Synonyms:gaberdine, smock
Usage: In the office he wore also a linen duster with huge pockets into which he continually stuffed scraps of paper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Adverbs of time are most often placed at the end of a sentence. Why do we sometimes place them at the beginning of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Diyu: The Realm of the Dead

Elements from Taoism, Buddhism, and traditional Chinese folk religion are all incorporated in the Chinese concept of Diyu, a mythological realm of the dead. A purgatory of sorts, Diyu is a maze of underground levels and chambers where souls atone for their earthly sins and prepare for reincarnation. According to some legends, Diyu has 18 levels, each of which is reserved for specific categories of offenders. What are some of the punishments found in each level? More...
This Day in History

The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)

After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin while control of West Berlin was split between the US, the UK, and France. From 1949 to 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West Germany to escape Communist rule before the wall was built to stop the tide of defectors. First constructed of barbed wire and erected at night, the barrier was eventually replaced by a concrete structure studded with watchtowers manned by East German soldiers. What was the "Death Strip"? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Sanger (1918)

After earning his PhD at Cambridge University in 1943, British biochemist Frederick Sanger decided to continue conducting his research at his alma mater. He remained there for the entirety of his four-decade career, making discoveries about the structure of proteins, particularly insulin, as well as DNA sequencing that would earn him not one but two Nobel prizes. He is only the fourth person in history to have earned this distinction. Who are the other three two-time Nobel laureates? More...
Quotation of the Day
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

out there

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Somewhat unusual, unconventional, crazy, or eccentric. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Heroes' Day (2018)

To honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend Zimbabwe, the nation holds an annual day of remembrance for them on August 9. Celebrations are held at the National Heroes Acre in the capital city of Harare. Families of the dead lay wreaths on the graves, and the country's president visits each grave and speaks with the families. Young people march from the center of the city to the site, singing revolutionary songs as they march, and schoolchildren recite poems about revolutionary struggle. Similar ceremonies are held throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lay

lay - As in layperson, it derives from Greek laikos, "of the people"—as opposed to clerics. More...

nest egg - Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more. More...

lay, lie - To lay is to place something; to lie is to recline. More...

oviposit - To lay an egg. More...

In the News

This Weird Moon of Saturn Has Some Essential Ingredients for Life

If you were going to cook up life on another world, Titan is the place to do it. Saturn's largest moon is rich with carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen — elements required by all living organisms on Earth. It has two types of wet ingredients — an ocean of ... More...
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