Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

pileus

Definition:(noun) The umbrellalike fruiting structure forming the top of a stalked fleshy fungus, such as a mushroom; the cap.
Synonyms:cap
Usage: The recipe instructs the chef to separate the pileus from the stalk, presumably because the former adds more flavor to the dish.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, we simply use the words "most" or "least" to make the superlative degree. What words are added to adverbs ending in "-ly" to create the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a Christian denomination, is best known for its teaching that Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is the Sabbath and that the second advent of Jesus is imminent. Born out of the Millerite Movement of the 1840s, the church was part of the wave of revivalism known as the Second Great Awakening. The core set of theological beliefs held by the church are expressed in its 28 Fundamentals, which states what about death? More...
This Day in History

US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (1945)

After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the Allied forces focused on ending the war in the Pacific. Japan refused to surrender, dismissing the Allies' vows to devastate the country. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the first ever dropped on a populated area. At least 130,000 people were killed, injured, or declared missing, and 90 percent of the city was leveled by the blast. Another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. When did Japan surrender? More...
Today's Birthday

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848)

Born into slavery, Taylor was secretly—and illegally—educated during her childhood. As a young woman, she served as a Union army nurse during the American Civil War. She became the first African American to openly teach former slaves in Georgia and the first African-American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers. How did she end up with Union troops in the first place? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) other half

One's spouse, romantic partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

British Columbia Day (2018)

British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, joins several other communities in holding a civil holiday on the first Monday in August. For local residents, this day honors the pioneers who established the colony of British Columbia in the 19th century. There are a number of events that take place in the province's capital, Victoria, but the most popular is the "Symphony Splash," an annual performance of modern and classical music by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Held on a barge on the city's Inner Harbor, the concert draws thousands of tourists and locals. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vigor

vim, vigor - Vim is the same as vigor. More...

bouncing - In bouncing baby, it means "vigorous." More...

feckful - Means "efficient, vigorous," or "powerful." More...

macho, machismo - Macho is from Mexican Spanish, meaning "male animal or plant" or "masculine, vigorous"—from Latin masculus, "male"; machismo (pronounced mah-CHEEZ-mo) is based on macho. More...

In the News

FDA Approves First 3D-Printed Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from ... More...
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