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

Comparative Adverbs from Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, what do we do to form the comparative? 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

Hirohito Becomes Emperor of Japan (1926)

Hirohito was the longest reigning Japanese monarch, ruling from 1926 to 1989. During his reign, militaristic Japan entered World War II and bombed Pearl Harbor. After the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, Hirohito pushed for surrender. He then broke the precedent of imperial silence by making a national radio broadcast to announce Japan's surrender. After World War II, Hirohito changed the importance of the monarchy when he renounced what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1876)

An Indian Muslim politician, Jinnah was the founder and first governor-general of Pakistan. Early in his career, he fervently supported the Indian National Congress and advocated Hindu-Muslim unity, but he eventually became convinced that a Muslim nation distinct from Hindu India was needed to protect Muslim interests in the dying days of the British Raj. Jinnah's firm stand and widespread Hindu-Muslim riots forced the issue, and Pakistan was created in 1947. How long did he lead the new nation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

the next best thing

Something that is as good a substitute as possible for that which is really desired or best suited. More...
Today's Holiday

Koledouvane (2018)

Koledouvane is the ritual singing of Christmas carols that takes place in Bulgaria each year on December 24 and 25. The koledari, or "carol singers," go from house to house and wish people good health and prosperity. Although their dress and ornaments differ from region to region, the koledarka, a long oak stick covered with elaborate carving, is a traditional accessory. A similar ritual, called Sourvakari, is carried out on New Year's Day. They have survived as separate celebrations, even though they are closely related in meaning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suffer

impatient - Meaning "not able to bear or suffer," based on Latin pati, "to suffer." More...

compatible - Its base is Latin compati, "suffer with." More...

harrow, harrowing - To harrow is to wound the feelings or cause to suffer—which gives us harrowing. More...

suffer - To suffer something is, etymologically, to "hold or sustain it from underneath," from Latin sufferre, "sustain." More...

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