Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

pincer

Definition:(noun) A grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods.
Synonyms:chela, nipper, claw
Usage: The front pair of legs terminate in very strong and heavy pincers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Concrete Countable Nouns

Many concrete nouns are countable, such as "cup," "dog," and "doctor." Each of these can be considered as an individual, separable item, which means that we are able to count them with numbers. We can also use them with indefinite articles. What are the two indefinite articles in English? More...
Article of the Day

Commodus

The son of Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus was a Roman emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 CE—a period some historians view as the beginning of the empire's decline. Though his reign was relatively peaceful, Commodus was a tyrant who spent lavishly on gladiatorial combats, persecuted the Senate, and even renamed Rome after himself. He fancied himself a gladiator, frequently battling both men and animals, and considered himself the reincarnation of what mythical hero? More...
This Day in History

First Treaties of Utrecht Signed (1713)

Lasting from 1701 to 1714, the War of the Spanish Succession was brought to a close with two series of treaties signed in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The first series was signed between France and other European powers, specifically Britain, the Dutch Republic, Prussia, Portugal, and Savoy. Among other concessions, France agreed to cede various territories and recognize Queen Anne as the British sovereign. After concluding these treaties, France still remained at war with what empire? More...
Today's Birthday

Percy Lavon Julian (1899)

Julian was an African-American chemist and a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. Due to the institutional racism of the time, Julian was forced to overcome enormous obstacles to obtain his PhD and was repeatedly denied opportunities for employment and academic tenure. His home in Illinois was firebombed. Nevertheless, he developed an important fire-fighting foam from soy protein and revolutionized the synthetic hormone industry, making possible what treatments? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clock, n.: A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. More...
Today's Holiday

Juan Santamaría Day (2018)

Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero in Costa Rica. The country had been threatened in 1856 by William Walker, an American imperialist who planned to conquer Central America and use its citizens for slave labor. Santamaría, a 19-year-old drummer boy from the town of Alajeula, was part of the makeshift militia that fought off Walker's forces. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, and marching bands throughout the country, with the biggest celebrations in Alajuela. The official holiday is on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría's death. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorance

agnosy, agnoiology - Agnosy is another word for ignorance and agnoiology is the study of human ignorance. More...

ignotism - A mistake due to ignorance. More...

nescience, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance." More...

sophomoric - Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word. More...

In the News

This Night Owl Gene Mutation Turns People into Sleep Martians

Researchers have found a genetic mutation that turns people into Martians — at least when it comes to sleep patterns. People with the mutation tend to be night owls because it keeps them on a perpetual 24 ½ hour schedule — close to the Martian 24 ... More...
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