Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

anemometer

Definition:(noun) An instrument for measuring wind force and velocity.
Synonyms:wind gauge
Usage: The storm chasers loaded their van with high-tech gear, including a number of powerful anemometers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are the four main types of interrogative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Smokejumpers

Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat forest fires. While smokejumpers save many lives, the inherent risks associated with parachuting into a fire lead many to question the value of the profession. Proponents argue that parachute deployment helps firefighters reach remote areas quickly and with more equipment than other means allow, thus enabling them to begin containing fires at their early stages. Which country employs the largest number of smokejumpers? More...
This Day in History

Disgruntled Engineer Jams HBO's Satellite Signal (1986)

In the early morning hours of April 27, 1986, a Florida electronics store owner moonlighting as a satellite uplink technician decided to protest what he considered unfair programming subscription rates for satellite dish owners. Overriding the signal of the cable network HBO, he transmitted a message to be seen by anyone watching HBO at the time. "Captain Midnight," as he called himself, was eventually fined $5,000 for the stunt. What did he elect to say in those few minutes of airtime? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Spencer (1820)

Admired by some and loathed by others, Spencer was one of the most discussed Victorian thinkers. An English sociologist and philosopher, he was an advocate of the theory of social Darwinism. In his vast, multi-volume System of Synthetic Philosophy, he held that the physical, organic, and social realms are interconnected and develop according to identical evolutionary principles. To describe his theory of sociocultural evolution, he coined what well-known phrase? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

move through the gears

To steadily increase one's momentum, as of speed, intensity, progress, or success. More...
Today's Holiday

Vidalia Onion Festival (2018)

There are no tears during this tribute to Georgia's state vegetable, the sweet Vidalia onion, which is said to be burp-free, good for digestion, and tearless. The festival is held in Vidalia at the height of the harvest season, which extends from mid-April to early June.The celebration of the onion includes standard festival fare—music, a street dance, a fishing rodeo and expo, and a fun run. Finally, there are onion-eating contests and a Vidalia Onion Cook-Off, which produces cakes, breads, and muffins made with onions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hood

apartheid - From Dutch apart, "separate," and -heid, "-hood," it is pronounced uh-PAHR-tayt or uh-PAHR-tight. More...

chaperone, chaperon - Chaperone comes from French chaperon, meaning "hood" or "cowl, head covering," which was worn from the 16th century by ladies who served as guides and guardians; chaperon is the standard spelling and chaperone is a variant resulting from pronunciation. More...

cobra - From Portuguese cobra de capello, "snake with hood"—based on Latin colubra, "snake." More...

hood - Etymologically, hood and hat are the same word, ultimately both meaning "head-covering." More...

In the News

Bed Bugs Might Dislike Certain Colors

Take a deep breath, scratch any errant itches, and feast your eyes upon the latest bed bug research: According to a study published Monday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the infuriating insects might prefer red and black to other colors. Don't ... More...
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