Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

fulminate

Definition:(verb) To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation.
Synonyms:rail
Usage: He fulminated against corruption in governmental institutions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitives

An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is "unmarked" (not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle "to." What is a split infinitive? More...
Article of the Day

Dictionaries

The lexical compilations known as dictionaries have taken many forms throughout the ages. The earliest dictionaries were created by the Greeks in the first century CE, while multilingual dictionaries emerged during the Middle Ages. Though today's lexica contain alphabetized word lists, until the 18th century, English dictionaries were predominantly organized by topic. What were some of the distinctly American words that Noah Webster first documented in his 1828 dictionary? More...
This Day in History

Barney Clark Receives World's First Permanent Artificial Heart (1982)

In the late 1940s, doctors at the Yale School of Medicine used parts from an Erector Set to build the first artificial heart pump. The device bypassed the heart of a dog for more than an hour. However, an artificial heart would not be implanted in a human until decades later. Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist with congestive heart failure, was the first recipient. Though the surgery was successful, Clark never recovered enough to leave the hospital and died of complications after how long? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Carl Goldmark (1906)

A Hungarian engineer and inventor, Goldmark immigrated to the US in 1933 and went to work in the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) laboratories. There he developed the first commercial color television system, but it was not compatible with existing black-and-white television sets and was soon superseded by one that was. Later, he developed the system that would allow the US Lunar Orbiter to relay photographs from the Moon to Earth. What did he invent that revolutionized the recording industry? More...
Quotation of the Day
The fortunes of war more than any other are liable to frequent fluctuations.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

talk a mile a minute

To speak in a very quick or hurried manner; to talk very fast. More...
Today's Holiday

Advent (2018)

The Advent season marks the beginning of the Christian year in Western Christianity. Its length varies from 22 to 28 days, beginning on the Sunday nearest St. Andrew's Day and encompassing the next three Sundays, ending on Christmas Eve. Originally a period of reflection and penitence in preparation for Christmas, Advent has sometimes been referred to as the Winter Lent. Today it is usually associated with the Advent calendars that parents give their children to help them count the days until Christmas. In Orthodox (Eastern) Christianity, Advent begins on November 15. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reptile

reptile, amphibian - A reptile has dry, scaly skin, while an amphibian has moist skin. More...

herptile - Another word for reptile or amphibian. More...

spear - The sting of a reptile or insect. More...

herpetology - The branch of zoology dealing with amphibians and reptiles, based on Greek herpeton, "creeping thing." More...

In the News

It's Official: 4 New Elements Added to Periodic Table Have Formal Names

Oh, hello, oganesson. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the century-old organization charged with maintaining the periodic table, finally announced it had approved the names of four new elements. These monikers, attached to new ... More...
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