Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

myopia

Definition:(noun) A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness.
Synonyms:nearsightedness, shortsightedness
Usage: By the time she was 30, her myopia had gotten so bad that she was declared legally blind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Proper Order for Adverbs of Time

Remember, adverbs of time can be used to describe three different aspects: duration, frequency, and certain points in time (when). If we are using multiple adverbs of time in the same sentence, and if there is no special emphasis given to one aspect over another, in what order do they generally appear? More...
Article of the Day

The Story of Wenamun

Known only from one incomplete copy discovered in 1890, the Story of Wenamun tells the tale of an Egyptian priest and his journey to Byblos in Phoenicia. Once widely believed to be an actual historical account, the story is now generally accepted by Egyptologists as a work of historical fiction. Still, the vivid narrative, written in the ancient Egyptian writing system of hieratic, is often treated by historians as a primary source on the late 20th Dynasty. In what year is the story set? More...
This Day in History

International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More...
Today's Birthday

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men's clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand's longtime lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
That is the natural way of women...to scorn the one that loves them, and love the one that hates them.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

mooch off (of) (someone or something)

To ask for or obtain (something) through the charity of someone or something; to sponge off someone or something else. More...
Today's Holiday

Ghana Republic Day (2018)

Ghana's Republic Day celebration is one of the most striking in West Africa, due to the fact that the popular attire includes the brightly colored cloth known as the kenti. Men wear it draped over one shoulder and around the waist, while women may wear it as a long skirt. July 1 is the day on which Ghana became an independent republic in 1960. The people also celebrate March 6 as Independence Day—the day in 1957 when British rule ended and Ghana became the first state in the British Commonwealth to be governed by black Africans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tide

billow - The swell on the ocean produced by the wind, or on a river or estuary by the tide or wind. More...

slack water, slack tide - Before any turn of the tide, there is a time of slack water or slack tide. More...

happy as a clam - Originally happy-as-a-clam-at-full-tide; it may refer to the fact that when the tide is full, nobody is digging clams. More...

tidy - Comes from tide, which in Old English meant "time period"; its original meaning was "timely, opportune." More...

In the News

The World Is Running Dangerously Low on Helium. This Discovery Reinflates Our Supply

For the first time ever, researchers have tracked and located a helium gas field. And the discovery, presented Tuesday during the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Japan, could help allay fears about a global helium shortage, which could affect ... More...
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