Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

invertebrate

Definition:(adjective) Lacking a backbone or spinal column; not vertebrate.
Synonyms:spineless
Usage: The sixth grade class groaned in unison as the students learned that they would be dissecting worms during their study of invertebrates.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by either a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. How is this type of prepositional idiom used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Blombos Cave

Located in a limestone cliff on the coast of South Africa, Blombos Cave is an archaeological site made famous in the 1990s, when excavators uncovered 75,000-year-old beads, 80,000-year-old bone tools, and some of the earliest evidence of fishing, dating back approximately 140,000 years. The finds suggest the existence of cognitive behaviors not previously associated with Middle Stone Age people. What other items have been found at the site? More...
This Day in History

First "Witch" Executed in the British American Colonies (1647)

Nearly 50 years before the infamous trials that resulted in the execution of 20 people as witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, became the victim of the first recorded execution for witchcraft in the American colonies. Although she may have had a daughter who was also accused of witchcraft 30 years later, very little is known about Young's life, except that she was hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford. A mention of her execution is recorded in whose diary? More...
Today's Birthday

Mamie Smith (1883)

Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, "Crazy Blues" quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives' eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the "race record." Smith's "Crazy Blues" was accorded what honor in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

be no slouch

To be very hardworking, enthusiastic, and/or skillful. More...
Today's Holiday

D.C. Black Pride Festival (2018)

The D.C. Black Pride Festival is a social, educational, and fundraising festival originating in the African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Washington, D.C. Held each year since 1991 on the long Memorial Day weekend, the D.C. Black Pride Festival draws about 25,000 to the Washington Convention Center, where displays include a health and wellness fair. In addition to activities centered in the exhibition hall, entertainment and social events extend throughout the preceding week, such as a fashion show, film festival, comedy showcase, and poetry slam. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

In the News

Scientists Sneak a Peek at How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

With the help of high-speed cameras, CT scanners and some nail-art supplies, scientists in Japan have managed to catch a glimpse of the elaborate way that ladybugs fold their wings to tuck them away. The research could have implications for everything ... More...
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