Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

juxtaposition

Definition:(noun) The act of positioning close together (or side by side).
Synonyms:apposition, collocation
Usage: The juxtaposition of the skyscraper and the brick townhouse had a curious effect, and from a distance the cozy home looked like a dollhouse.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Conditional Verbs

Conditional verbs are constructions of verbs that are used in conditional sentences. Such verbs are typically formed when a clause in the sentence contains the word "if," and the action of the sentence depends on the condition established by this clause. What type of verb is often used to help indicate the tense and intention of the verbs in the conditional or resulting clause(s)? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Book of Saint Cyprian

Purported to have been taken from a manuscript written by early Christian martyr Saint Cyprian of Antioch, The Great Book of Saint Cyprian is an occult work that first appeared in 1849 and has since spawned several editions with varying titles. Written in Portuguese and Spanish, the book contains a mixture of Christian prayers and pagan spells, and many consider it a sin to possess or even touch it. Some even believe that reading the book from back to front will do what? More...
This Day in History

The Great Tangshan Earthquake (1976)

In July 1976, Wang Chengmin of China's State Seismological Bureau concluded that the Tangshan region would be struck by a significant quake between July 22 and August 5. Based on the prediction, Qinglong County undertook serious emergency preparations, a move that likely limited the number of casualties there when a powerful temblor struck on July 28, destroying hundreds of thousands of buildings and killing as many as 700,000 across Tangshan. What were the political consequences of the quake? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques Piccard (1922)

Piccard was a Swiss oceanographer and engineer who developed underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents. He came from a family of adventurers, and his father was known for exploratory balloon flights. Together, they developed the bathyscaphe for deep-sea travel. In 1960, Piccard and Don Walsh of the US Navy set a new submarine depth record when they reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, a depth of about 35,800 feet (10,912 m). What cut the mission short? More...
Quotation of the Day
It ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

through the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. More...
Today's Holiday

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous (2018)

Every July since 1975, classic wooden yachts of pre-1952 vintage have gathered for the annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. More than 50 boats from throughout the Northeast participate each year, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind. The boats can be viewed at dockside on Friday evening and early on Saturday. Sunday afternoon the vessels begin their colorful parade down the Mystic River to Noank, led by the museum's 84-year-old steamboat, Sabino, with a Dixieland jazz band on board. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small piece

collup - A small piece or slice. More...

cover slip - The small piece of thin glass that goes over the specimen on a microscope slide. More...

brioche - In French, it literally means "split up into small pieces." More...

stamp - Originally meant "crush into small pieces; pound"; its sense of "imprint with design by pressure" came into play in the 16th century—and is the semantic basis of postage stamp. More...

In the News

As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common

Three years ago, Christina D’Ambrosio went to her first spin class, pedaling fast on a stationary bike to the rhythms of popular music as an instructor shouted motivation. But Ms. D’Ambrosio, who exercises regularly, found the hourlong class was harder than she ... More...
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