Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 5, 2019)
Word of the Day

antimicrobial

Definition:(noun) An agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease.
Synonyms:disinfectant, germicide
Usage: Karen attempts to avoid getting sick by scrubbing her hands several times a day with a potent antimicrobial.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs

Evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. They modify the entire clause. What are the types of evaluative adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

The Taiping Rebellion

Perhaps the most important event in 19th-century China, the Taiping Rebellion was a large-scale revolt against the Qing dynasty. The rebellion was led by Hong Xiuquan, a self-proclaimed visionary who garnered many followers among the poorer classes, who were discontented with the government after having suffered floods and famines in the late 1840s. The rebels captured Nanjing in 1853 and made it their capital but were later defeated. The rebellion resulted in how many millions of deaths? More...
This Day in History

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Is Launched (1970)

PBS is an American non-profit, private corporation that provides its members—public television stations—with educational, cultural, and news programs. The network is supported by public funds and private contributions rather than commercials. Its popular programs, produced by its member stations and other independent program producers, have included Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theatre, and Nova. How does PBS differ from its radio counterpart, National Public Radio? More...
Today's Birthday

Mario Lemieux (1965)

Former professional ice hockey player and current National Hockey League team owner Mario Lemieux is considered one of the greatest players in the sport's history. He joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1984 and led his team to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992 before being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993. After beating cancer, he returned to the ice and led his team on a 17-game winning streak, a league record. What did he do on the day of his last radiation treatment? More...
Quotation of the Day
You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colors, you, who can actually see…the Three Dimensions—how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another's configuration?

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

cloud nine

A state of extreme happiness. Typically appears in the phrase "on cloud nine." More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Republic Day (2022)

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the Portuguese Republic on this day in 1910, which ended over two centuries of the monarchical rule of the Portuguese royal family, the House of Braganca. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: measured

Apgar score - A measure of a baby's well-being taking into consideration respiratory effort, skin color, heart rate, muscle tone, and sense of smell (named for American anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar). More...

datum line - The horizontal or base line, from which the heights of points are reckoned or measured, as in the plan of a railway, etc. More...

scantling - Means "measured or prescribed size" or a "set of standard dimensions." More...

military time - Time measured on a 24-hour scale of 0100-2400 hours. More...

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