Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

doyen

Definition:(noun) The senior member of a group, profession, or society.
Synonyms:dean
Usage: Raffles regarded me with that tantalizing smile of his...and in a flash I was convinced that our most jealous enemy and dangerous rival, the doyen of an older school, had paid him yet another visit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are the four main types of interrogative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Seabees

The Seabees are a US Navy unit whose name derives from the two-letter abbreviation of their official title: Construction Battalions. The unit was founded at the start of WWII, and before it was over, more than 325,000 Seabees had fought and built airstrips, bridges, roads, warehouses, hospitals, and housing on six continents and hundreds of islands. Seabees have served in every major conflict since and participate in peacetime goodwill missions. How many Seabees currently serve in the Navy? More...
This Day in History

First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Chain Reaction Is Demonstrated (1942)

Constructed under an abandoned stand of bleachers at the University of Chicago, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor was little more than a pile of uranium and graphite bricks. It was built as part of the Manhattan Project under the supervision of renowned physicist Enrico Fermi. The first successful demonstration lasted 28 minutes and was a milestone in the history of physics. What code phrase did scientists use to convey the reactor's success to government officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Carl Goldmark (1906)

A Hungarian engineer and inventor, Goldmark immigrated to the US in 1933 and went to work in the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) laboratories. There he developed the first commercial color television system, but it was not compatible with existing black-and-white television sets and was soon superseded by one that was. Later, he developed the system that would allow the US Lunar Orbiter to relay photographs from the Moon to Earth. What did he invent that revolutionized the recording industry? More...
Quotation of the Day
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

meet trouble halfway

To worry, grow anxious, or distress oneself unnecessarily over something that has yet to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

Ngondo Festival (2019)

For the majority of the Sawa, a coastal ethnic group in Cameroon, guidance comes from the Jengu water spirits. The annual Ngondo Festival is a special occasion for Sawa chiefs to petition these spirits for prophecies and warnings and to communicate those messages to a gathered assembly. The event, which lasts a few weeks, takes place on the banks of the Wouri River in the country's most populous city, Douala. Various cultural activities accompany the discernment process of the festival. Activities preceding the water feast include traditional wrestling competitions, a canoe race, and a Miss Ngondo pageant. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: resting

lotus position - Sitting with the feet resting on the thighs. More...

resting - A kind adjective for "between acting jobs." More...

superincumbent - Means "on the surface of" or "lying or resting upon." More...

couchant - Describing a cat sitting with its body resting on its legs and its head raised. More...

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