Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 26, 2019)
Word of the Day

sidestep

Definition:(verb) Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues).
Synonyms:evade, hedge, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off
Usage: The candidate tried to sidestep the issue during the debate, but eventually he had to make his position clear.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Semi-Modal Auxiliary Verbs

Semi-modal auxiliary verbs, often simply called semi-modal verbs, are verbs that sometimes behave like modal auxiliary verbs. What four verbs are widely considered the standard set of semi-modal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Alchemy in the Islamic World

In the 8th century, alchemy, a pseudoscience focused on transforming base metals into gold, reached the Islamic world. Over the next several centuries, Muslim alchemists revolutionized the field, introducing scientific method into alchemical research and developing apparatuses like the alembic, still, and retort, which are still in use in laboratories today, and chemical processes such as pure distillation and filtration. Which Arab alchemist has been called "the father of chemistry"? More...
This Day in History

The Rum Rebellion (1808)

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia. It began when New South Wales governor William Bligh was deposed by George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales Corps. The coup was a retaliation against attempts by successive governors to curb the power of the Corps and interfere with its lucrative rum trade—which gave the rebellion its name. The coup was the second time Bligh had been the victim of a rebellion. What was the first? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and earned a living as a stunt pilot in air shows, earning the nickname "Queen Bess." She died in an aviation accident in 1926, but her legacy inspired countless aviators. What led to the accident that resulted in Coleman's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) More...
Today's Holiday

Australia Day (2019)

The anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia on January 26, 1788, was formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day. Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of British convicts arrived first at Botany Bay, and when that proved to be unsuitable they moved on to Port Jackson, where the city of Sydney was eventually established. First officially celebrated in 1818, Australia Day has been a public holiday since 1838. It used to be observed on either January 26 or the nearest Monday, but since 1994 it has been observed on January 26 with celebrations all over the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: heard

phoneme - A word for a hallucination in which voices are heard. More...

pig's whisper - A loud whisper, meant to be heard. More...

noises off - Sounds created offstage to be heard during a play's production; the term has been extended to mean distracting or intrusive background noise. More...

pink noise - Random white noise that has been adjusted so there is equal energy per octave and an equal amount of each signal can be heard. More...

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