Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

pyrite

Definition:(noun) A brass-colored mineral, FeS2, occurring widely and used as an iron ore and in producing sulfur dioxide for sulfuric acid.
Synonyms:fool's gold
Usage: The children thought the gleaming bits of metal they had found were gold, and their nurse refrained from telling them they were simply flecks of pyrite.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Causative Verbs

Causative verbs indicate that a person, place, or thing is causing an action or an event to happen. Causative verbs are followed by a noun or pronoun and a non-causative verb in what form? More...
Article of the Day

The Highland Potato Famine (1846-1857)

In the mid 19th century, at a time when most of the crofters, or tenants, of the Scottish Highlands were dependent on potatoes as a source of food, their potato crops were blighted with a terrible fungal disease that caused the crop to fail for the next ten years. The blight was similar to the contemporaneous Irish Potato Famine, but the latter was perhaps more severe and closer to a true famine. What was the landlords' solution to the problem of starving crofters? More...
This Day in History

Little Person Eddie Gaedel Has Major League Debut (1951)

At 43 inches (1.1 m) tall, Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball when he made a single plate appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. He arrived on the field inside a replica cake honoring the American League's 50th anniversary, amusing the crowd by popping out of it. No one suspected his true reason for being there. Browns owner Bill Veeck—a showman fond of publicity stunts—had put Gaedel on the roster. What happened when Gaedel stepped up to the plate? More...
Today's Birthday

Roman Vishniac (1897)

A Russian-American biologist, photographer, linguist, art historian, philosopher, and professor, Vishniac is best remembered for producing a photographic record of Central and Eastern European Jewish communities in the years preceding the Holocaust. His efforts were not without risk; he was imprisoned 11 times and forced to do hard labor in two concentration camps. He escaped to the US in 1940 and returned to his scientific roots, contributing to the development of what photographic techniques? More...
Quotation of the Day
A smile is the chosen vehicle for all ambiguities.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

pester (someone) for (something)

To continually annoy someone with requests for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Payson Rodeo "August Doin's" (2018)

The Payson Rodeo is a rodeo, parade, and general Wild West three-day weekend in the cowboy-and-cattle country of Payson, Arizona. The first Payson rodeo was held in 1885, and it's been held ever since with no interruptions, not even for war, making it the world's oldest continuous Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Events of the weekend include the parade with floats, dancers, and cowboys, country music, a chili cookout, and arts and crafts. Total attendance is usually about 30,000. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: promise

devout, devote - Devout and devote come from Latin de- and vovere, "promise." More...

fiance - French for "a promise." More...

gage - In "engage," it means "pledge, promise." More...

promise - Latin promittere originally meant "send forth," but evolved to mean "say in advance, foretell," and then "cause to expect," hence, promise. More...

In the News

Is This What the World's "First Flower" Looked Like?

Researchers believe that a 130-million-year-old aquatic plant from Spain may represent one of the world's first flowers. Sort of. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the United States and ... More...
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