Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

libertine

Definition:(adjective) Unrestrained by convention or morality.
Synonyms:debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, profligate, riotous, fast
Usage: Such an expression is often mistaken for manly frankness, when in truth it arises from the reckless indifference of a libertine disposition ... totally unconnected with personal merit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parts of Speech

The parts of speech are the primary categories of words according to their function in a sentence. English has seven main parts of speech. Can you name all seven? More...
Article of the Day

Mycology

It is estimated that there are 1.5 million species of fungus on Earth, only a fraction of which have yet been described. The study of fungi, called mycology, has important applications in the dairy, wine, and baking industries, as well as in the production of dyes and inks. Fungi can cause diseases, but can also be medically beneficial. Mycological research has led to the development of such antibiotics as penicillin and tetracycline. What mushroom naturally contains a cholesterol-lowering drug? More...
This Day in History

Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer's Microwave (1945)

Self-taught engineer Percy Spencer discovered the cooking potential of microwaves in the 1940s. While working on magnetrons for the Raytheon Company, he noticed that a peanut butter chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He determined that microwaves emitted from his magnetrons had cooked the candy bar and confirmed this theory by testing it on popcorn. Raytheon patented Spencer's microwave oven in 1945 and put it on the market in 1947. What was the first food to explode in a microwave? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker "Ace of Aces." After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be more trouble than it's worth

To not be important, useful, or beneficial enough to justify the effort or difficulty that something requires. More...
Today's Holiday

Peru Battle of Angamos (2021)

The War of the Pacific (1879-1883) began when Chile and Bolivia fought for control of a portion of the Atacama Desert. On October 8, 1879, the Chilean Navy captured Peru's ironclad warship, the Huáscar, and killed the captain, Admiral Miguel Grau. Chile gained control over the seas and was thus able to invade Peru and Bolivia. October 8 is a national holiday in Peru to remember the lost Battle of Angamos. On this day, military and civil parades are held, and celebrations are held to honor the heroic deeds of Admiral Miguel Grau and his role in the battle. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wheels

gurney - A stretcher with wheels. More...

axel, axle - Axel is the figure-skating jump; axle is the pin or rod between two wheels. More...

dry steering - The act of turning the wheels of a car that is not moving. More...

three-point landing - An aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously. More...

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