Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

prosody

Definition:(noun) The study of the metrical structure of verse.
Synonyms:metrics
Usage: He was a master of meter, and contributed certain modifications to the laws of Chinese prosody which exist to the present day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Finite and Non-finite Verbs

Finite verbs have subjects and indicate grammatical tense, person, and number. Non-finite verbs do not have tenses or subjects that they correspond to. What are some examples of non-finite verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The 1883 Eruption

The massive 1883 eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia ejected more than 6 cu mi (25 cu km) of rock and ash, destroyed the island, and left more than 36,000 people dead. The eruption's explosive power was about 13,000 times greater than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the sound of the explosion, believed to be the loudest sound in recorded history, was heard some 3,000 mi (4,828 km) away. What was the only living thing researchers found on the island in 1884? More...
This Day in History

First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club (1975)

In 1975, computer hobbyists in Silicon Valley, California, decided to meet regularly to exchange ideas. The first meeting took place in a garage. Members of the club would go on to become some of the most influential players in the burgeoning computer industry, including, most notably, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who formed their company the next year. What other giants of the industry were members of the Homebrew Computer Club during its early years? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658)

Originally of the minor Gascon nobility, Cadillac came to America in 1683 to seek his fortune. He became a favorite of the governor of New France, was placed in charge of a frontier post at Mackinac, and eventually proposed the creation of a new fort with a better strategic position against the English. With a band of colonists, he founded in 1701 what would become the city of Detroit. Ten years later, he was appointed governor of what vast French territory? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

make a wide stride

To make great and rapid progress or advancement. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Excited Insects (2018)

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shooting

biathlon - Consists of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. More...

off-hand - Meaning "at once, straightway," it probably originally referred to shooting without a rest or support; as "unpremeditated," it is attested to 1719. More...

potshot - Comes from shooting an animal purely for food (pot), rather than for simple conquest. More...

scope - First meant "target for shooting," from Greek skopos, "target." More...

In the News

'Best Ever' View of What a Dinosaur Really Looked Like

A dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago had drumstick-shaped legs much like living birds, according to palaeontologists. The feathered dinosaur also had bird-like arms similar to wings. Scientists used high-powered lasers to reveal invisible ... More...
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