Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

diskette

Definition:(noun) A small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer.
Synonyms:floppy
Usage: Due to their relatively slow speed and small capacity, diskettes have largely been replaced by data storage devices like CDs and USB flash drives.
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

Dormancy

In the broadest sense, dormancy is the state in which a living plant organ—such as a seed, bud, tuber, or bulb—fails to exhibit growth, even when environmental conditions are considered favorable. In a stricter context, dormancy is an inhibition of growth internally controlled by factors restricting water and nutrient absorption, gas exchange, cell division, and other metabolic processes necessary for growth. What is the oldest dormant seed that has been germinated into a viable plant? More...
This Day in History

Barney Clark Receives World's First Permanent Artificial Heart (1982)

In the late 1940s, doctors at the Yale School of Medicine used parts from an Erector Set to build the first artificial heart pump. The device bypassed the heart of a dog for more than an hour. However, an artificial heart would not be implanted in a human until decades later. Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist with congestive heart failure, was the first recipient. Though the surgery was successful, Clark never recovered enough to leave the hospital and died of complications after how long? 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color television system, but it was not compatible with existing black-and-white television sets and was soon superseded by one that was.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
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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

United Arab Emirates National Day (2021)

This national holiday commemorates the December 2, 1971, expiration of a British treaty that inhibited self-rule for the sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf in the eastern Arabian peninsula, and the union of seven of the sheikhdoms in the former Trucial States to become the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates' major cities celebrate National Day on December 2-3. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: country

emancipate - Means "to free from legal, political, social control or restraint by others," and "to free from bondage." The word's Latin elements are manus, "hand," and capere, "to take," and first meant "to release or set free." More...

assassin - Thought by some to derive from an Arabic word meaning "hashish user," as members of an Islamic sect in various countries during the time of the Crusades (13th century) ate hashish to intoxicate themselves before setting out to assasinate enemy leaders. More...

patriot - Greek pater, "father," led to Latin patriota, "fellow countryman," which was the original meaning of patriot when it came into English in the late 1500s. More...

country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person." More...

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