Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

pucker

Definition:(verb) To gather something into small wrinkles or folds.
Synonyms:cockle, rumple, crumple, knit
Usage: She puckered her lips and kissed him on the nose.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences in the Present Indicative

The present indicative describes things that are happening, are about to happen, or are believed to be happening. In declarative sentences in the present indicative, the present simple tense and present continuous tense describe habits or things occurring in the present or near future. What do the present perfect tense and present perfect continuous tense describe? More...
Article of the Day

The Ocean Sunfish

Found in temperate and tropical oceans around the globe, the ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, is the world's heaviest known bony fish despite the fact that its diet, which consists primarily of jellyfish, is nutritionally poor. Adults generally weigh an average of 2,200 lb (998 kg), though specimens more than twice as heavy have been observed. It is considered a docile fish, but by virtue of its size, it can pose a threat to boats. Is the sunfish caught for food? More...
This Day in History

Doctorate in Philosophy Awarded to a Woman for the First Time (1678)

Born to a noble Venetian family, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in philosophy. A child prodigy, Piscopia went on to complete a brilliant course of study at the University of Padua. During her graduation ceremony, she spoke in classical Latin for an hour, explaining passages from Aristotle. She spent the next several years devoted to study and charity before dying of tuberculosis at age 38. How many languages did she master before receiving her doctorate? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Culliford, AKA Peyo (1928)

Born Pierre Culliford, Belgian comics artist Peyo is known for creating Les Schtroumpfs, better known to English speakers as The Smurfs. The little, blue characters debuted in a supporting role in Peyo's series Johan and Peewit and then began appearing on their own in 1959. Smurf merchandise, particularly figurines, along with animated films and television shows, helped their popularity soar, and the Smurfs became an international phenomenon. How did Peyo get his pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a mixed picture

A portrayal of a situation highlighting both positive and negative aspects of its nature or status. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Independence Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates Mozambique's independence from Portugal, attained on this day in 1975 after 10 years of warfare and nearly half a century of Portuguese rule. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: olive oil

factory - Originally a place where traders did their business in another country, based on Latin factorium, "an oil press" (for olive oil). More...

oil - From Latin oleum, from Greek elaion, "olive oil; other oily substance." More...

salmagundi - First a dish of chopped meat and eggs, highly seasoned and served with lemon juice and olive oil. More...

amurca - Sediment in olive oil. More...

In the News

Do you know what's growing on your kitchen towel?

Ever wonder how much bacteria is growing on your kitchen towel? A new study suggests that it may be a lot, and that the amount increases with family size and frequency of meat consumption. Researchers cultured bacteria from 100 kitchen towels after ... More...
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