Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 24, 2019)
Word of the Day

impostor

Definition:(noun) A person who makes deceitful pretenses.
Synonyms:pseudo, role player, sham, pretender, fraud, fake
Usage: I am not a hero to you now, as I tried to seem before, but simply a nasty person, an impostor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

Nearly every grammar guide agrees that it is acceptable and often more correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition than to rewrite the sentence specifically to avoid it. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in nutrient-enriched water—without soil. Although it has been used for over a century as a research technique, experiments to determine its feasibility for growing commercial crops were not conducted until 1929. Hydroponic home gardens and commercial operations now exist in many countries. Using hydroponics, plants can be grown closer together than in the field, and weed and pest problems can be almost eliminated. What are its disadvantages? More...
This Day in History

Zambia Gains Independence (1964)

The area that is now Zambia came under British control in the early 1900s with the development of the copper mining industry. After decades of nationalist struggle, the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda, a former schoolteacher who had been jailed for nationalist political activities prior to independence, became its first president. Zambia may have been the first country to do what during the Olympics? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

follow (someone or something) in stride

To follow the direction, lead, or guidance (of someone or something); to act in accordance (with someone or something); to follow suit. More...
Today's Holiday

World Development Information Day (2020)

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the U.N. to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: technique

traffic-calming device - Any device (e.g. a speed bump) or technique on or next to a road that is used to slow or restrict traffic, especially in residential areas. More...

appliance - First was the use or application of a technique, putting a technique into practice. More...

expression marks - The collective term for musical directives, including tempo, volume, technique, phrasing, and mood. More...

martial art - So named for Japanese bu-jutsu (bu + jutsu), "art, technique, skill, craft." More...

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