Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

vendee

Definition:(noun) One to whom something is sold; a buyer.
Synonyms:emptor, purchaser, buyer
Usage: There were three vendees from three different companies at the auction, and each hoped to acquire the same valuable item.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Adverbs of time are most often placed at the end of a sentence. Why do we sometimes place them at the beginning of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Pointillism

Pointillism, a Post-Impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, is characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. These distinct points of primary colors create the visual effect of a wide selection of secondary colors, relying heavily on the viewer's perceptive ability to mix the color spots into a full range of tones. The technique is analogous to the color production of what modern devices? More...
This Day in History

The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)

After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin while control of West Berlin was split between the US, the UK, and France. From 1949 to 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West Germany to escape Communist rule before the wall was built to stop the tide of defectors. First constructed of barbed wire and erected at night, the barrier was eventually replaced by a concrete structure studded with watchtowers manned by East German soldiers. What was the "Death Strip"? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Sanger (1918)

After earning his PhD at Cambridge University in 1943, British biochemist Frederick Sanger decided to continue conducting his research at his alma mater. He remained there for the entirety of his four-decade career, making discoveries about the structure of proteins, particularly insulin, as well as DNA sequencing that would earn him not one but two Nobel prizes. He is only the fourth person in history to have earned this distinction. Who are the other three two-time Nobel laureates? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

out there

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Somewhat unusual, unconventional, crazy, or eccentric. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Heroes' Day (2018)

To honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend Zimbabwe, the nation holds an annual day of remembrance for them on August 9. Celebrations are held at the National Heroes Acre in the capital city of Harare. Families of the dead lay wreaths on the graves, and the country's president visits each grave and speaks with the families. Young people march from the center of the city to the site, singing revolutionary songs as they march, and schoolchildren recite poems about revolutionary struggle. Similar ceremonies are held throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lay

lay - As in layperson, it derives from Greek laikos, "of the people"—as opposed to clerics. More...

nest egg - Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more. More...

lay, lie - To lay is to place something; to lie is to recline. More...

oviposit - To lay an egg. More...

In the News

Cosmonauts Give Space Station Window a Scrub

Yes, they do windows, even in space: Two cosmonauts scrubbed a window, documented the International Space Station exterior, collected an experiment and battled cold fingers during a speedy spacewalk Monday, August 10. The Russian residents of the ... More...
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