Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

avidity

Definition:(noun) Keen interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms:eagerness, avidness, keenness
Usage: A devoted fan, he followed the tennis tournament with avidity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Commonly Paired Adjectives and Prepositions

There are no definite rules when it comes to combining adjectives with prepositions. What is the best way to learn correct adjective and preposition combinations? More...
Article of the Day

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, is perhaps best known for his talking blues song “Alice's Restaurant.” The song's original recording lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, though Arlo has been know to lengthen the song to 45 minutes in concert. Based on an actual incident, the song was a scathing indictment of the Vietnam War draft. Arlo also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. What movie launched his acting career? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents Kinetoscope in the US (1897)

Developed by Edison's assistant, W.K.L. Dickson, the kinetoscope was a precursor to the modern motion-picture projector. It works through a phenomenon known as "persistence of vision," in which a sequence of images creates the illusion of motion. Initially, Edison hoped to synchronize the images with sound, but he was unable to achieve this. The kinetoscope was designed to be viewed by one person at a time. Why did Edison supposedly balk at the idea of projecting films before larger audiences? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann von Helmholtz (1821)

Helmholtz was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, acoustics, and meteorology, but he is best known for formulating the mathematical law of conservation of energy. His approach was strongly empirical at a time when many scientists embraced deductions from mental concepts. He described body heat and energy, nerve conduction, and the physiology of the eye. What medical instruments did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

bored to tears

Extremely bored to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. More...
Today's Holiday

National Championship Chuckwagon Races (2019)

The National Championship Chuckwagon Races take place at Dan Eoff's "Bar Of" Ranch in Clinton, Arkansas, each Labor Day weekend from Friday through Sunday. About 150 teams consisting of a wagon and four horses compete in five divisions for the National Champion title. The races are for amateurs and open to all. In addition to chuckwagon racing, events include bronc fanning (so called because riders attempt to calm ornery mounts by fanning them with their cowboy hats) and the annual Snowy River Race. Live music and dances add to the weekend's festivities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vault

coping saw - A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a u-shaped frame—for cutting curves, with cope meaning "vault, arch." More...

ossuary - From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead. More...

camera - First meant "vault, chamber." More...

firmament - Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure. More...

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