Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

misbehave

Definition:(verb) Behave badly.
Synonyms:misconduct, misdemean
Usage: If you misbehave, you will be sent to bed without supper.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Participle Phrases

When they function as adjectives, participles can form "participle phrases" (sometimes known as "participle clauses") with any information that modifies or complements them. Because they function as adjectives, what do participle phrases modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers. The amount of such smoke inhaled by a nonsmoker is relatively small when compared to the amount inhaled by a tobacco user; however, so-called passive smoking can aggravate respiratory illnesses and contribute to serious diseases, including cancer. This danger has led many countries to adopt smoking bans in indoor spaces. How has the tobacco industry responded to the issue of secondhand smoke? More...
This Day in History

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from the semaphore flag signals for what two letters? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeanne Calment (1875)

At the age of 100, Calment was still riding a bicycle around her native Arles, France. She lived on her own until she was 110 and smoked until she was 117. She saw the Eiffel Tower being built and remembered selling colored pencils to Vincent van Gogh as a girl in her family's shop. By the time she died in 1997 at the age of 122, Calment had lived the longest confirmed human life in history—and outlived her entire family. What foods have been cited as contributing to Calment's longevity? More...
Quotation of the Day
Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) lucky day

A particular day or moment in one's life when one experiences extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. More...
Today's Holiday

Shaheed Day (2018)

Shaheed or Shahid Day is a national day of mourning in Bangladesh. Before becoming autonomous in 1971, Bangladesh had been East Pakistan ever since India gained independence from Britain in 1947. West Pakistan wanted to make its language, Urdu, the only official language of both Pakistans. Most of the people in East Pakistan spoke Bengali and opposed the restriction on their language in government and commerce. In 1952, students held protests which erupted in violence. Lives were lost, and, as a memorial, people form a procession from the Azimpur graveyard on February 21 each year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: riding

davering - Riding or walking in a dazed condition. More...

dressage - The art of riding and training horses, from French dresser, "to train." More...

road - First meant "riding" or "hostile incursion on horseback"—a sense preserved in "inroads." More...

jounce - To move roughly or violently up and down, as when one is riding a horse. More...

In the News

In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs

It's a new class of antibiotic that promises to live up to its rough Latin translation: killer of bad guys. In a report published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished ... More...
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