Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

prophylactic

Definition:(adjective) Acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease; protective.
Synonyms:preventative
Usage: The doctor prescribed a prophylactic antibiotic to the nervous patient.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Collective Adjectives

Collective adjectives are a subgroup of nominal adjectives, or adjectives that act as nouns. They are used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What article is usually added before the adjective? More...
Article of the Day

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a semiprecious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. It has been mined in Afghanistan for 6,500 years, and the discovery of artifacts at several Predynastic Egyptian and Neolithic sites indicates widespread early trade in the stone. Powdered lapis was used until the 19th century to make blue pigment and may have even been used as eye shadow by Cleopatra. Today, much of what is sold as lapis lazuli is actually dyed jasper. Where does lapis lazuli get its name? More...
This Day in History

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Launched (1967)

By the time Cunard's RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, ocean liner was built, airplanes had already largely supplanted ships for transatlantic travel. Thus, the vessel needed to be more efficient and versatile than her predecessors in the fleet. During her 39 years in service, she completed 806 transatlantic crossings, ferrying 2.5 million passengers across nearly six million miles of ocean. During what war was she pressed into service as a troop carrier? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Kenny (1880)

After breaking her wrist as a young girl, Kenny developed an interest in medicine and eventually became a nurse. While treating polio victims in her native Australia, she devised a treatment using hot compresses and passive exercise that differed drastically from the usual approach of immobilization. Kenny later brought her controversial treatment to the US, where it was initially met with skepticism but was ultimately accepted. What actor attributes his recovery from polio to these treatments? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

ride the rail(s)

To travel on a vehicle mounted on rails (especially a train or streetcar). More...
Today's Holiday

Paris Autumn Festival (Festival d'Automne) (2018)

The Autumn Festival marks the start of the city's cultural season, encompassing film, photography and other contemporary arts on an international scale. Most of the theater presentations are experimental, and they have included productions from the United States, West Berlin, Denmark, Poland, and the former U.S.S.R. Composers whose works have been performed there include Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, John Cage and Iannis Zenakis, and it has featured the New York Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestre de Paris. Events are held in locations throughout Paris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: messenger

apostle - Comes from Greek apostolos, "messenger." More...

bode - Boda is messenger in Germanic, hence "bode"; at first, a bode was a command—then an omen or premonition. More...

enunciate - Derives from Latin nuntius, "messenger." More...

angel - The word angel was one of the earliest Germanic adoptions from Latin; originally from Greek aggelos, "messenger," it first meant "hireling" or "messenger." More...

In the News

Storing lightning inside thunder: Researchers are turning optical data into readable soundwaves

Researchers at the University of Sydney have dramatically slowed digital information carried as light waves by transferring the data into sound waves in an integrated circuit, or microchip. It is the first time this has been achieved. Transferring information from ... More...
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