Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

surfactant

Definition:(noun) A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.
Synonyms:wetting agent, surface-active agent, wetter
Usage: She ordered a new pair of glasses and had the lenses coated with a surfactant that would act as an anti-fogging agent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Sentences

A sentence, whether short or long, must express a complete idea; and a complete sentence must consist of at least one independent clause. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Capoeira

An Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, capoeira originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil and is now a popular art form practiced worldwide. Capoeira is performed in a special roda, or circle, where practitioners take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring. While capoeira focuses on skill rather than injuring opponents, the intensity of an individual game depends on the rhythm of the music. Why was capoeira outlawed in Brazil in 1890? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Anna Parenna Festival (2018)

Anna Perenna was a Roman goddess who represented the circle or ring of the year—Anna being the feminine form of annus (meaning "year") and March, the month her festival was observed, being the first month of the Roman calendar. On the day of her festival, the plebs of Rome went to the Campus Martius, a large field outside the walls of the city, and lay about on the grass, often constructing simple huts out of stakes and branches with togas stretched across the top. They spent the day drinking, dancing, and singing, returning to the city at night in a state of deep intoxication. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

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