Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

inebriety

Definition:(noun) A temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol.
Synonyms:drunkenness, tipsiness, intoxication
Usage: He was a man who would have made a success of life a century and a half ago when conversation was a passport to good company and inebriety no bar.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Grading and Non-Grading Adverbs

Adverbs of degree can be mild, medium, strong, or absolute in how they describe the intensity, degree, or extent of the word they modify. Adverbs that are mild, medium, or strong are known as "grading adverbs." What are "non-grading adverbs"? More...
Article of the Day

Al-Azhar University

Located in Cairo, Egypt, Al-Azhar University was founded in 972 CE as a madrasa—a place of Islamic learning. By teaching numerous subjects in the same place, it was one of the first universities in the world and the only one to survive as a modern university. Historically, students primarily studied the Qur'an and Islamic law. Today, the university is the world's chief center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning. When did it begin teaching a wide range of secular subjects? More...
This Day in History

Jonathan Pollard Pleads Guilty to Espionage Charges (1986)

After leaving graduate school in 1979, Pollard immediately began applying for intelligence positions, and landed one at the US Naval Investigative Service (NIS). In 1985, after he had attained a high level of clearance, coworkers noticed that he was accessing a huge number of documents for seemingly no reason. He was arrested and, the following year, pled guilty to selling secrets to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison. What early clues nearly derailed his career before it started? More...
Today's Birthday

François Quesnay (1694)

While serving as consulting physician to Louis XV at Versailles, Quesnay developed an interest in economics. In his 1758 Tableau économique, he described the relationship between the different economic classes of society and the flow of payments among them, and he developed the concept of economic balance used by many later economic analysts. An advocate of laissez-faire economics, he believed that all wealth originated with the land. What school of economics is he credited with founding? More...
Quotation of the Day
The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

land of plenty

A fictional or imagined utopian place where there is an abundance of everything needed to survive and flourish. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Sea (2017)

The Festival of the Sea is based on the Icelandic tradition of Seamen's Day, an occasion to honor all who make their living from the sea. It takes place annually, primarily in the city of Reykjavík. Traditionally, fishermen compete during the festival in swimming and rowing races and other tests of strength, including the popular tug-of-war. The festival also includes numerous cultural activities, parades, arts-and-crafts activities for kids, food fairs, and sailing competitions. Tourists come from far and wide to participate in the fun and to view boats and ships as they rest in the harbors. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scales

mechanical drawing - One made with scales, rulers, and compasses. More...

ctenoid - Means "resembling a thin-toothed comb"—like the scales of some fish. More...

level - Based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, "balance; scales." More...

scab - First pertained to any skin disease in which pustules or scales were formed, and is from Old Norse skabbr, "crust over a wound." More...

In the News

Chinese kids descend terrifying cliff face to school

Some kids will do anything to get out of school. Others risk their lives to get there. In the mountains of southwest China's Sichuan province, children descend an 800-meter (half-mile) cliff on unsteady vine ladders to ... More...
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