Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

polymorphism

Definition:(noun) Crystallization of a compound in at least two distinct forms.
Synonyms:pleomorphism
Usage: Calcium carbonate possesses the characteristic of polymorphism, since it crystallizes as calcite or aragonite.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal pronouns are used to refer to two or more people who are or were the subject of the same verb, with all parties receiving the action in the same way. What are the two reciprocal pronouns in English? More...
Article of the Day

Axolotl

Found in lakes near Mexico City, axolotls are salamanders affected by a phenomenon called neoteny, which means that adults of the species often fail to undergo metamorphosis and reach reproductive maturity without losing their larval characteristics. They are able to regenerate most body parts and are used extensively in scientific research. Axolotls are also commonly kept as pets in several countries and are considered a delicacy in Mexico. What prevents axolotls from undergoing metamorphosis? More...
This Day in History

General George Washington Crosses the Delaware in a Surprise Attack (1776)

By December 1776, the morale of American colonists fighting in the Revolution had been severely weakened by a string of losses to the better-equipped British. On Christmas Day, Washington crossed the partially-frozen Delaware River with thousands of troops, overnight and during an ice storm, to surprise and overwhelm Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. There were few casualties, and the bold move restored hope of an American victory. What secret phrase signaled the start of the crossing? More...
Today's Birthday

Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887)

As a boy, Hilton helped his father turn the family's home into an inn for traveling salesmen. After serving in World War I, he began to buy hotels in Texas and soon graduated to such grand establishments as Chicago's Palmer House and the Waldorf-Astoria of New York. By the late 1940s, Hilton's company had expanded overseas. At the time of his death in 1979, Hilton controlled the world's largest hotel company. What did Hilton's mother tell him was the best investment he would ever make? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

like there were no tomorrow

Very rapidly and eagerly; without restraint or thought (i.e., as if there won't be another opportunity, so one must do something as much or as quickly as possible). More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (South Africa) (2017)

Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a summer holiday. The tinsel and evergreen boughs that decorate homes, churches, parks, and shopping malls offer a stark contrast to the weather. But Christmas traditions persist: children hang up their stockings in anticipation of the arrival of Father Christmas, carolers sing by candlelight on Christmas Eve, and Christmas pageants are performed. For South Africans Christmas is a day for feasting and exchanging gifts. It marks the culmination of a Carnival-like week of singing, dancing, and eating. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hurt

aposiopesis - Stopping in the middle of a statement upon realizing that someone's feelings are hurt or about to be hurt; when a sentence trails off or falls silent, that is an aposiopesis. More...

innocent - From Latin in-, "free from," and nocere, "hurt, injure." More...

innocuous - "Harmless, not hurtful," from Latin in-, "not," and nocere, "to hurt." More...

collide - Its Latin base is laedere, "hurt by striking." More...

In the News

World's Biggest Diamonds May Unlock Mysteries of Earth's Mantle, Say Geologists

A new study of the world’s largest diamonds has shown that they're not only more valuable for jewelers, but also for geologists by offering an invaluable glimpse at the makeup of the Earth’s interior, hundreds of miles below the surface. Led by the Gemological ... More...
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