Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

tractable

Definition:(adjective) Easily managed or controlled; governable.
Synonyms:manipulable
Usage: I felt him become suddenly tractable again like an animal, like a good-tempered horse when the object that scares him is removed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Irregular Verbs

Irregular verbs, by their very definition, do not have spelling rules that we can follow to create the past simple tense and past participles. This means that the only way of knowing how to spell these forms is to memorize them for each irregular verb individually. What are some examples of irregular verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Space-Time

In physics, space-time is a four-dimensional continuum consisting of three dimensions in space and one dimension in time. This mathematical model, which is an integral part of Einstein's relativity theory, combines space and time into a single continuum that allows physicists to more uniformly describe the workings of the universe. The merger of space and time is often represented as a measure of distance expressed in units of time. What novelists have referenced the topic of space-time? More...
This Day in History

Paddy Roy Bates Founds His Own Nation (1967)

The Principality of Sealand is a purported micronation located on Roughs Tower, a World War II-era British sea fort located in the North Sea six miles (10 km) off the coast of Suffolk, England. Since 1966, the installation has been occupied by the associates and family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major and pirate radio broadcaster who claimed it as a sovereign and independent state in 1967. What is the international community's position on the fort's status as a sovereign nation? More...
Today's Birthday

Christa McAuliffe (1948)

McAuliffe, a high school history teacher, was among the seven crew members killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded soon after its launch in 1986. She had been selected to be the first civilian in space from a field of more than 11,000 applicants to NASA's Teacher in Space program, and she was slated to teach two lessons during the flight. In 2004, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. What happened to the teacher chosen as McAuliffe's backup? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be put out of business

To be caused or forced to cease carrying on commercial trading or transactions. More...
Today's Holiday

Bumbershoot (2018)

Bumbershoot is the premier festival of Seattle, Washington, held since 1971 and now a wide-ranging round-up of many arts. Bumbershoot is slang for umbrella, and the festival is supposed to be an umbrella for the arts; the word also calls to mind Seattle's rainy climate. In recent years, Bumbershoot attractions have included Japanese Kabuki theater, Russian rock, robot art, flamenco dancing, and readings by contemporary writers. It is a gallimaufry of music, dance, theater, visual and literary arts, children's activities, food, and crafts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: taught

academy - Came from Akademos, the man or demigod for whom Plato's garden, where he taught, was named. More...

pedagogue - A Roman slave who took children to school and on outings, but also taught them—from Greek ped, "child," and agein, "to lead." More...

recant - Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. More...

doctor, physician - Doctor is derived from Latin doctus, "having been taught; learned," from docere, "to teach"; physician comes from Latin physica, "natural science; physics." More...

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