Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

deadpan

Definition:(adjective) Deliberately impassive in manner.
Synonyms:expressionless, poker-faced, unexpressive, impassive
Usage: Although he was distraught when the guilty verdict was read, his deadpan expression made it seem as though he did not care.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Most as an "Intensifier"

We often find the adverb "most" being used as an intensifier of other adverbs, especially in formal speech or writing. In these instances, "most" does not indicate a superlative adverb (i.e., in comparison to others in a group). How does it function instead? More...
Article of the Day

Coronal Loops

Visible around the darkened Sun during a total solar eclipse, the corona is the luminous envelope surrounding the Sun outside the chromosphere—the upper, rarefied solar atmosphere. The basic structure of the corona is formed by coronal loops, which result from the twisted solar magnetic flux within the Sun and exhibit a wide range of temperatures. How are these massive coronal loops related to the coronal heating problem—the mystery of why the Sun's corona is far hotter than its surface? More...
This Day in History

Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon (1969)

In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study. What were Conrad's first words when he set foot on the lunar surface? More...
Today's Birthday

William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862)

Sunday was the most popular American evangelist of the World War I era, drawing an estimated 100 million people to his revival meetings. Preaching was a second career for him. Before undergoing a religious conversion, he had been a professional baseball player. A flamboyant fundamentalist whose sermons reflected the social upheaval of the transition from a rural to an urban society, Sunday advocated a strict morality and promoted Prohibition. As an evangelist, what were his thoughts on baseball? More...
Quotation of the Day
Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

not have much between the ears

To be rather stupid, dull, or dimwitted; to not have much common sense or basic intelligence. More...
Today's Holiday

Garifuna Settlement Day (2018)

Garifuna Settlement Day honors the heritage of the Garifuna people, a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean and Central America. In 1943, Garafuna Settlement Day was declared a holiday in the southern districts of Belize, and it is now celebrated throughout the country. There are long sessions of traditional drumming and dancing, and Garifuna crafts and food are sold and displayed. Events to raise awareness and appreciation of Garifuna culture are common, including special days to dress in traditional clothing, a Miss Garifuna Belize beauty pageant, parades, and rallies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pond

lake - First meant pool or pond. More...

nursery - Can be a pond in which fry are reared. More...

tank - May have come from Gujarati tanku, or Marathi tanke, "underground cistern," from Sanskrit tadaga, "pond." More...

pond - To pond is to accumulate water in a pond, which is really a small lake. More...

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