Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

hothouse

Definition:(noun) A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature.
Synonyms:conservatory, indoor garden
Usage: When those young ladies left your hothouse door open, with a frosty east wind blowing right in … it killed a good many of your plants.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Will" and Interrogative Sentences

As a modal auxiliary verb, "will" is particularly versatile, having several different functions and meanings. If we want to make a question, what do we do to "will"? More...
Article of the Day

The Ivy League

The Ivy League is an athletic conference comprising 8 private institutions of higher education located in the Northeastern US. The term became ubiquitous with the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954, and it is now also commonly used to refer to those schools considered as a group. The Ivy League universities are also referred to as the Ancient Eight, and all but one of them are older than the American Revolution; which one was founded after the Civil War? More...
This Day in History

Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea, Dies in Exile (1965)

Born in Korea shortly before it was occupied by Japan, Rhee was condemned to life in prison in 1897 for anti-Japanese activity. Amnestied and released in 1904, he went on to become the first Korean to earn a doctorate from a US university. In 1919, he was elected president of a provisional government in exile. Following WWII, he was elected the first president of Korea, with US backing. Ruling as an anti-Communist dictator, Rhee went to war against North Korea in 1950. Why did he resign in 1960? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosalyn Yalow (1921)

Yalow was a medical physicist who developed the technique of radioimmunoassay (RIA)—a simple way to measure tiny concentrations of substances such as hormones, enzymes, or drugs in blood or other bodily fluids. She originally applied RIA to study blood insulin levels in diabetes mellitus, but the method soon found hundreds of other applications. For these discoveries, she shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in medicine, becoming only the second woman to win the award in this field. Who was the first? More...
Quotation of the Day
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

be caught off (one's) guard

To be taken by surprise; to be caught when one is vulnerable, careless, or inattentive. More...
Today's Holiday

Kinderzeche (2018)

Kinderzeche is a festival in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany, to honor the children who saved the town during the Thirty Years' War of 1618-48. In 1632, according to legend, as Swedish troops rode into town, a small band of children appeared before the commander and asked for his mercy. The commander's heart softened, and he spared the town. The celebration today is a reenactment of the event, with participants in costumes of 17th-century town councilors and soldiers. Highlights of the festival include the parade of the Dinkelsbühl Boys' Band and a performance of a sword dance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: paint

paint chip - A card showing a color or range of related colors available as paint (especially for walls). More...

pigment - From Latin pingere, "paint," it is a chemical that absorbs only certain colors from white light. More...

picture - Ultimately from Latin pingere, "paint." More...

rouge - Rouge can also be called paint. More...

In the News

Feathered Dinosaur with Bird-Like Wings Discovered in China

Paleontologists have discovered a bird-like dinosaur in China that lived 125 million years ago and had a set of wings that surprisingly weren't used for flight. The Zhenyuanlong suni was a cousin of the better known Velociraptor. The dinosaur's wings ... More...
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