Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

gastropod

Definition:(noun) Any of various mollusks of the class Gastropoda, such as the snail, slug, cowrie, or limpet, characteristically having a single, usually coiled shell or no shell at all, a ventral muscular foot for locomotion, and eyes and feelers located on a distinct head.
Synonyms:univalve
Usage: The sound of a shell crushing beneath his foot told him that he had just caused a gastropod's demise.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicate Pronouns and Case

We commonly use personal pronouns in the possessive case predicatively. When pronouns that are not possessive are used predicatively, the conventional rule is to put them in the subjective case rather than the objective case. What is the only thing that pronouns in the objective case should be used as? More...
Article of the Day

Fenugreek

Fenugreek, known also as Methi, is a crop plant grown as a potherb and for the spice made from its seeds. It grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China and is used in a wide variety of foods there. Fenugreek seeds are widely used as a milk producing agent by nursing mothers and recent experiments indicate it may be a useful tool in the fight against cancer and diabetes. In 2009, fenugreek was discovered to be the source of what kind of smell wafting over New York City? More...
This Day in History

The International Atomic Energy Agency Is Established (1957)

In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his "Atoms for Peace" address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UN? More...
Today's Birthday

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905)

The only person to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously, Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary General of the United Nations. In this role, he greatly extended the influence of the United Nations and personally led peace missions, though he clashed with the Soviet Union for his vigorous attempts to diffuse civil strife in the newly independent Congo. He served as Secretary General until his death in a mysterious plane crash in 1961. What conspiracy theories surround his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

on the gravy train

In a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Chief Joseph Days (2018)

Chief Joseph (1840-1904) was the chief of the Nez Perce Indians. He spent his life in exile and pleaded with President Theodore Roosevelt to let his people return to their ancestral home, and is honored with a four-day festival every July in Joseph, Oregon. Established in 1945, the festival features one of the largest rodeos in the Northwest, a traditional Indian dance contest, a Nez Perce encampment and powwow, parades, dances, a golf tournament, and a cowboy church service. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

In the News

T. Rex's Nine-Inch, Serrated Teeth: A Dentist's Dream or Nightmare?

The Tyrannosaurus rex had its teeth to thank for its status as “king” of the dinosaur world, according to new research released today. A University of Toronto Mississauga study published in Scientific Reports found that theropods – the group of carnivorous ... More...
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