Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

zoophagous

Definition:(adjective) Feeding on animal matter; carnivorous.
Synonyms:meat-eating
Usage: Zoophagous insects include predators and parasites.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that compare differences between the attributes of two nouns. We form comparative adjectives either by adding "-er" to the end of the adjective, or by adding what word before the adjective? More...
Article of the Day

Mirror Neurons

The discovery of mirror neurons in primates is considered by some to be one of the most important findings in neuroscience in the last decade. These neurons, which are also believed to exist in humans, act as a "mirror" for behavior, firing both when an animal performs an action and when it observes another carrying out that action. This system may play a role in learning new skills and understanding the behavior of others. What human brain disorder may be linked to a mirror neuron deficiency? More...
This Day in History

The November Uprising Begins (1830)

An attempt to overthrow Russian rule in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine, the November Uprising was the result of long-simmering resentments that came to a head when news broke of a Russian plan to use the Polish Army to suppress revolutions in France and Belgium. It began when a group of Warsaw-based Polish Imperial Russian Army cadets took up arms against the Russians and drove the Russian troops from the city. The rebellion soon grew and spread. How long did the fighting continue? More...
Today's Birthday

Mildred Gillars, AKA Axis Sally (1900)

Mildred Sisk was born in Portland, Maine, but went to Europe in the 1920s, changed her name, and by 1934 was an English-language radio broadcaster in Berlin. During World War II, she broadcast Nazi propaganda aimed to demoralize American troops, who nicknamed her "Axis Sally." On the radio, Gillars emphasized the infidelity of soldiers' wives and sweethearts while they were overseas. She was convicted of treason in 1949 and spent 12 years in prison. What did she do after she was released? More...
Quotation of the Day
No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness—or so good as drink.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

take the weight off (one's) feet

To lie or (especially) sit down, generally after being upright for a long period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

William Tubman's Birthday (Goodwill Day) (2018)

The influence of William V. S. Tubman (1895-1971), Liberia's president for 27 continuous years, was so great that his birthday was established as an official holiday while he still held office. The national legislature declared the holiday in response to a citizens' appeal made in 1952. Decades after his death, Liberians still celebrate the national hero's birthday, also known as Goodwill Day. The most elaborate festivities for Tubman's birthday have always taken place in his native city, Harper, where activities may extend for three days. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joining

apse - From Latin apsis, meaning "fastening together," it is based on the notion that a vaulted space seems to be the joining together of arcs to form a circle. More...

syssarcosis - The joining of two or more bones by muscle. More...

couple - Its underlying notion is of "joining," coming from Latin copula, "connection, tie." More...

conjugal - From Latin conjugare, "join together (in marriage)"—from com-, "together," and jugare, "yoke"—it has an underlying notion of "joining together." More...

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