Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

hydroponics

Definition:(noun) A technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients.
Synonyms:aquiculture, tank farming
Usage: The soil where he lived was poor in nutrients, so he decided to try his luck with hydroponics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs

Factitive verbs are used to indicate the resulting condition or state of a person, place, or thing caused by the action of the verb. What is this resulting condition or state known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Underground Railroad

This informal network of safe houses and transport facilities was established by 19th century US abolitionists in the northern states prior to the Civil War. Volunteers, or “conductors,” offered sanctuary and assistance to escaped African-American slaves and helped lead the slaves to safety in the North. Conductors on the railroad included escaped slaves like Harriet Tubman, who is credited with having led more than 300 slaves to freedom. Who was the “Father of the Underground Railroad”? More...
This Day in History

Bear River Massacre (1863)

The Bear River Massacre took place in 1863 when the US Army attacked Shoshone gathered at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in what is now Idaho. The incident began when Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led a detachment of approximately 200 US Army soldiers as part of the an expedition against Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter, who had strongly resisted colonization of tribal areas. Some 250 Shoshone were killed in the attack, including Bear Hunter. What became of Connor? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860)

Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer, dramatist, and physician who earned enduring international acclaim for his stories and plays. His early works were broad humorous sketches and tales published under a pseudonym, written to support himself and his family while he studied for his medical degree in Moscow. His first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced while he was practicing as a doctor. Why was a statue of Chekhov in the town of Tomsk modeled on the perspective of a drunkard? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

wallflower

Someone who remains on the outer edges of a social event, especially a dance or party, and does not participate due to being shy or unpopular. More...
Today's Holiday

Zora! Festival (2017)

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (also known as the Zora! Festival) is an eight-day, multi-disciplinary event held every year in late January in Eatonville, Florida. The Zora! Festival was launched in 1990 to showcase her life and work, as well as to celebrate her hometown and the cultural contributions of people of African descent. It features a three-day street festival of the arts, art exhibits, literary readings, and academic presentations, conferences, and lectures devoted to Hurston and African-American arts in general. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reply

riposte - A counterstroke, such as a snappy retort, from Italian riposta, "reply, response." More...

antapology - The reply to an apology, such as "That's all right." More...

irrespondence - People not answering your e-mails? That's irrespondence! (Failure to reply.) More...

rescribe - To write in reply. More...

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