Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

amphetamine

Definition:(noun) A central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression.
Synonyms:pep pill, upper, speed
Usage: The doctor prescribed amphetamines to stimulate the narcoleptic patient's nervous system so that he would be less likely to unexpectedly fall asleep.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plural Possession with Apostrophes

If there is more than one person, place, or thing that possesses something else, then the rules for showing possession change slightly. Because an "-s" is usually added to a word to make it plural, the "-s" that follows the apostrophe is dropped. What marks possession in this case? More...
Article of the Day

The Highland Games

The modern Highland Games began in the 1780s as an organized effort to revive Scottish Highland traditions. These celebrations of Scottish and Celtic heritage center around competitions in piping, drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics. The caber toss, in which a competitor balances a long, heavy wooden pole vertically and then tosses it, has become a recognized symbol of the Highland Games. What other feats of strength are often included in the Games' athletic competitions? More...
This Day in History

British Troops Are Deployed in Northern Ireland (1969)

In August 1969, tensions between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland came to a head in the predominantly-Catholic Bogside neighborhood of Londonderry. For days, fighting raged with Catholic residents on one side and police and Protestant residents on the other. On August 14, British troops were deployed to restore order. Some consider that day to be the definitive beginning of the decades-long conflict known as The Troubles. How did residents react to the arrival of the army? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Ørsted (1777)

Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist. In 1820, he discovered that electric current passing through a wire can deflect a nearby compass needle, a phenomenon that inspired the development of electromagnetic theory. His 1820 discovery of piperine, one of the pungent components of pepper, was an important contribution to chemistry. In 1824, he founded a society devoted to the spread of scientific knowledge among the general public. What unit of measurement was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

knock (someone) over with a feather

To shock, confuse, or astonish someone to a point of complete bewilderment; throw someone for a loop. More often phrased as "you could have knocked me over with a feather," expressing great bewilderment or surprise. More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Independence Day (2017)

On this day in 1947, Pakistan gained independence from Britain. Pakistan had been part of the immense British colony of India since the 18th century. Independence Day is a national holiday observed in much the same way as Pakistan Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: manuscript

acephalous - A manuscript lacking a beginning could be called acephalous. More...

autograph - Comes from Greek, then Latin autographum, meaning "self-written"; it originally meant "author's own manuscript." More...

manuscript - Originally an adjective meaning "written by hand"; manuscript can refer to a handwritten piece of music. More...

palimpsest - Can describe a manuscript or writing surface that has been reused, erased, or altered while retaining traces of its earlier form—and, by extension, an object, place, or area that reflects its history. More...

In the News

What's in a Name? Google's Alphabet and the Quirky Science of Corporate Naming

What's in a name? Most corporate naming experts say Google's decision to reorganize its businesses under a new holding company called "Alphabet" is close to letter perfect. Because it is part of Google's corporate structure, Alphabet is not likely ... More...
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