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

Regular and Irregular Adverbs

Regular adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" (or a variation) onto the end of an adjective. Irregular adverbs are not formed from standard spelling conventions. What are the most common irregular adverbs? 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

US President George W. Bush Introduces the "Axis of Evil" (2002)

During his 2002 State of the Union Address, US President George W. Bush described the countries of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil" for their alleged support of terrorism. Since then, the phrase has spawned many imitations, including the Eritrean-coined "Axis of Belligerence," the South American "Axis of Good," and the "Axis of Diesel" proposed by The Economist magazine. What word did Bush speechwriter David Frum originally use instead of "evil"? More...
Today's Birthday

James Jamerson (1936)

Jamerson learned to play bass guitar in high school in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1950s and thereafter found work as a studio musician for Motown Records. He went on to perform on hundreds of songs by artists like Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and The Supremes, but his work was largely uncredited, and he died in relative obscurity at the age of 47. Today, however, he is regarded as one of the most influential bassists in modern history. One of his fingers even had its own nickname. What was it? 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

be looking for trouble

To be doing something or acting in a manner that will very likely result in trouble, difficulty, or danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Thomas Paine Day (2018)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a propagandist and humanitarian whose influential pamphlet, Common Sense, is credited with persuading the American colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. On January 29, Paine's birthday, he is honored by members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, New York. They lay a wreath at his monument in the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, which houses some of his letters and personal effects. The cottage in which Paine lived is only a short walk away. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pendant

pendant - A light fixture suspended from a ceiling, or the hanging part of an earring. More...

append - Originally meant "hang on" or "attach as a pendant." More...

pendant, pendent - Pendant is the noun; pendent is the adjective—meaning "hanging, suspended." More...

pennant - A blend of pendant and pennon, a banner or flag. More...

In the News

Antarctic Fungi May Hint at Potential for Life on Mars

If scientists one day discover life on Mars, they might just want to thank a tiny fungi found on Antarctic rocks. These cryptoendolithic fungi, which normally are found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in the Antarctic Victoria Land, were recently sent by ... More...
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