Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

emetic

Definition:(noun) An agent that causes vomiting.
Synonyms:nauseant, vomitive, vomit
Usage: She was highly allergic to dairy products; pizza gave her a stomachache, and ice cream was a virtual emetic.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Making Infinitives Negative

To make an infinitive or infinitive phrase negative, we use the word "not" before the infinitive. We can also put greater emphasis on "not" by placing it after "to." This creates what is known as a "split infinitive"—an infinitive that has an adverb between "to" and the base form of the verb. Is it ever acceptable to use split infinitives? More...
Article of the Day

The Pig-Footed Bandicoot

Extinct since the mid 20th century, the pig-footed bandicoot was a small, mostly herbivorous marsupial of the plains of inland Australia. About the size of a kitten, the pig-footed bandicoot had large, pointed ears, a long tail, long, slender limbs, and, as its name suggests, hoof-like nails on its forefeet and hind legs, making it unique among marsupials. Though its decline coincided with the arrival of Europeans, the cause of its extinction remains uncertain. What are some theories? More...
This Day in History

USS Indianapolis Sunk by Japanese, Hundreds Die Awaiting Rescue (1945)

After delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to a US base in the Pacific, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. It sank in 12 minutes. Roughly 300 sailors were killed in the initial attack, and the remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. The US Navy only learned of the sinking four days later, when survivors were spotted by a pilot on patrol. In the end, only 316 survived. Why was the ship's captain court-martialed? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Ford (1863)

Ford was a prominent American industrialist and innovator of mass production via the assembly line. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and made car ownership affordable to many. Though controversial, Ford was undeniably one of the most influential men of the 20th century. He instituted an eight-hour workday in his factories and paid his workers relatively well but also strenuously opposed labor unions. Whom did he employ to intimidate union organizers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though I am an old horse, and have seen and heard a great deal, I never yet could make out why men are so fond of this sport; they often hurt themselves, often spoil good horses, and tear up the fields, and all for a hare, or a fox, or a stag, that they could get more easily some other way; but we are only horses, and don't know.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

on the hush-hush

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Independence Day (2018)

The most important national holiday in Vanuatu, Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country. It marks the end of colonial rule by the French and British. The largest Independence Day celebrations take place in the capital city of Port Vila. A number of sporting events are held, as well as canoe and yacht races in the harbor. A military parade takes place in Independence Park. Dancing takes place and aerobics groups from throughout Vanuatu perform, and a string band competition is held. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punish

execute - Derives from Latin exsequi, "carry out, follow up; punish." More...

gruelling - Comes from the verb gruel, "to exhaust, punish." More...

punish - Derives from Latin punire, "punish," which came from poena, "penalty, punishment." More...

penal, punitive - Penal means "relating to punishment," while punitive means "serving to punish." More...

In the News

Astronauts Are Diving Deep under the Ocean to Prepare for Life in Space

Some 62 feet under the seas of the Florida Keys, a band of astronauts — nay, aquanauts — are busy preparing themselves for life in space by living the life aquatic. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO)'s 21st mission began last ... More...
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