Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

helicon

Definition:(noun) A tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician.
Synonyms:bombardon
Usage: As the marching band strolled by, Karen could see that the small boy carrying the giant helicon was sweating profusely.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Viewpoint Adverbs

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view we are expressing, or to specify what aspect of something we are talking about. What do they modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Memes

A meme is an idea, thought, or piece of information that is passed from generation to generation through imitation and behavioral replication. The terms memes and memetics, coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, are the cultural counterpart to the biological study of genes and genetics. In his book, Dawkins hypothesizes that human cultures evolve via "contagious" communications in a manner similar to the gene pools of populations. What is a memeplex? More...
This Day in History

First American Girl Scouts Meeting (1912)

After meeting Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first meeting of the Girl Scouts in the US in Savannah, Georgia. There were only 18 girls at the first meeting, but within a few decades, the organization boasted hundreds of thousands of participants. More than 50 million American women have participated in the Girl Scouts since then, learning practical skills through character-building activities. What was the original name of the Girl Scouts? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838)

At the age of 15, Perkin entered the Royal College of Chemistry in London. It was there, just a few years later, that he discovered the first synthetic dye. Since antiquity, purple garments had been a mark of royalty, as natural purple dyes had to be extracted from mollusks or insects and were thus quite expensive. The lab-created dye made Perkin a wealthy man. In 1906, the chemist was knighted. At the time of his discovery, he had had been trying to create a synthetic version of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make ground

To become more successful, popular, important, or accepted. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gregory's Day (2018)

St. Gregory, a sixth-century monk who became pope, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren and scholars. In Belgium, schoolchildren rise early on March 12 and parade through the streets dressed as "little soldiers of St. Gregory." They carry a big basket for gifts and are accompanied by a noisy drummer. The young girls in the procession wear big shoulder bows that resemble the wings of a butterfly. They march from house to house, pausing at each door to sing a song and to ask for treats, and the procession always includes a group of angels. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: readiness

impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready." More...

procinct - A state of readiness or preparation. More...

stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669. More...

gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness." More...

In the News

These Birds Use a Linguistic Rule Thought to Be Unique to Humans

When it comes to human language, syntax — the set of rules for arranging words and phrases to impart meaning — is important. People might understand what you meant if you declared "to the store I go must," but your phrasing wouldn't seem quite right. And ... More...
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