Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

assiduous

Definition:(adjective) Marked by care and persistent effort.
Synonyms:sedulous
Usage: By such assiduous and persevering labor they made their way about four hundred and fifty miles up the Missouri.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Adverbs

Negative adverbs and negative adverbials are used to modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, or entire clause in a negative way. What are double negatives? More...
Article of the Day

Baobab

Exceeded in trunk diameter only by sequoias, baobabs are gigantic trees native to Africa, Australia, and India. Some are reputed to be thousands of years old, but their ages are impossible to verify because the wood does not produce annual growth rings. Though wide enough to be hollowed out for dwellings, baobabs are not very tall, and are often called "bottle trees" and "upside-down trees" because of their appearance. What is "the Boab Prison Tree," and how was it once used? More...
This Day in History

Lego Patents Its Interlocking Plastic Bricks (1958)

The founder of Lego, a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen, began making wooden toys in 1932. By the late 1940s, he had begun making plastic ones, including "automatic binding bricks," which he patented in 1958. Today, Lego produces roughly 20 billion of those bricks annually, and today's pieces are still compatible with the originals. By producing some 306 million miniature, functioning replicas of this item each year, Lego could be considered the world's leading manufacturer of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Colette (1873)

In her highly eventful life, French novelist Colette freely flouted convention and repeatedly scandalized the public, but by her later years, she had become a national icon. Her numerous novels are marked by sensitive observations—particularly of women—and an intimate style. Among her works are The Vagabond, a fictionalized account of her time as a music-hall performer, and Gigi, a comedy about a girl reared to be courtesan. In 1907, she nearly caused a riot by doing what on stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
To know, to esteem, to love, and then to part,
Makes up life's tale to many a feeling heart!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

look (at something) through rose-colored glasses

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude (toward something); to focus on the positive aspects (of something). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Charlemagne's Day (2018)

Charlemagne wasn't actually a saint at all; he was an emperor and the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, crowned in 800 by Pope Leo III. Although he was never able to read and write himself, Charlemagne, whose name means "Charles the Great," founded the University of Paris. In fact, his reign was marked by a huge cultural revival, including significant advances in scholarship, literature, and philosophy. He died on January 28, 814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nimble

agile - Means having quick motion and being nimble, from Latin agere, "to do." More...

flippant - Once meant "flexible, nimble, pliant." More...

chopsticks - In Chinese, the word for chopsticks originally meant "quick sticks" or "nimble ones." More...

wieldy - Means "easily controlled or handled," and once meant "agile, nimble." More...

In the News

'Automated Dermatologist' Detects Skin Cancer with Expert Accuracy

Even though the phrase "image recognition technologies" conjures visions of high-tech surveillance, these tools may soon be used in medicine more than in spycraft. A team of Stanford researchers trained a computer to identify images of skin cancer moles ... More...
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