Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

plexor

Definition:(noun) A small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes.
Synonyms:percussor, plessor
Usage: When the doctor tapped my knee with the plexor, my reflex was so strong that I almost kicked him in the head!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Superlative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular superlative adverbs. "Least" is an example of an irregular superlative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Crop Circles

Crop circles, patterns created in fields by the unexplained flattening of crops, have garnered worldwide attention since they began appearing in the English countryside in the late 1970s. Since then, roughly 12,000 crop circles have been found worldwide. Though many incidents have been exposed as hoaxes, both meteorological phenomena and UFOs have been cited as possible sources of the mysterious patterns. How did the men who perpetrated some of the original crop circle hoaxes create the designs? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Formigny (1450)

One of the first battles in which cannons played a pivotal, if not decisive, role, the Battle of Formigny was a major French victory toward the end of the Hundred Years' War. The English were dealt a significant blow—thousands of troops were killed, injured, or captured—and, as there were no other significant English forces in Normandy, the entire region quickly fell to the French. The battle had raged for several hours before the tides turned in favor of the French. What brought this about? More...
Today's Birthday

Bessie Smith (1894)

When Smith was just a teen, she became the protégée of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, one of the earliest blues singers. After making recordings, she quickly became the favorite singer of the jazz public. The power and somber beauty of her voice, coupled with songs representing every variety of the blues, earned her the title "Empress of the Blues." Numerous critics have regarded her as the greatest of all jazz artists, and her fame increased enormously after her death in what tragic accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

mixed emotions

Positive and negative emotions that are experienced simultaneously and are often in conflict with one another. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Kim Il-Sung (2018)

The birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 1912, is marked as a public holiday throughout North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea). The holiday is known as the Day of the Sun. All over the country, people lay floral wreaths and baskets before the hundreds of statues that commemorate Kim. The main observances take place in the capital city Pyongyang, where officials of numerous organizations and citizens lay flowers at one of the nation's grandest monuments to Kim, located on Mansu Hill. Kim Il-Sung ruled North Korea from 1945 until his death in 1994. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: manufacture

bar code - Includes code terms for the country of manufacture, the manufacturer, and the type of product—a combination specific enough to ordinarily identify any product. More...

arsenal - From Arabic dar al sindah, meaning "workshop for art, manufacture," it was originally used in English to mean "naval dock" or workshops for making ships and arms. More...

forge - Comes from Latin fabrica, "trade, workshop" or "fabric," and it first meant "smithy" or "manufacture." More...

light industry - The manufacture of small or light articles. More...

In the News

What Makes a Knot Strong? Scientists Have Figured Out How Your Shoelaces Untie Themselves

Well, it happened again. You were walking down the road, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you looked down, only to realize that your shoes spontaneously untied themselves again. Muttering under your breath, you kneel down, retie the laces, and go ... More...
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