Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 1, 2019)
Word of the Day

befuddle

Definition:(verb) Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly.
Synonyms:confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, throw
Usage: The question befuddled even the teacher, who promised to research the subject that night and have an answer for her students the next day in class.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Verbs

Regular verbs form the past simple tense and past participle the same way (-d or -ed), while irregular verbs do not adhere to a distinct or predictable pattern. What common verb is known as a "highly irregular" verb? More...
Article of the Day

Neurogenesis

The human nervous system is composed of some 200 billion cells called neurons, about half of which are found in the brain. Neurogenesis, the process through which neurons are formed, is most active during prenatal development. Though early neuroanatomists believed that the adult nervous system is fixed and incapable of regeneration, neurogenesis actually continues throughout life. Studies have shown that lack of sleep reduces neurogenesis and exercise increases it. How is it affected by stress? More...
This Day in History

International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More...
Today's Birthday

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men's clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand's longtime lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked-down quarry, the destined prey.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

lone it

To go somewhere or do something alone; to be by oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Bascarsija Nights (2021)

One of Bosnia and Herzegovina's biggest events, Bascarsija Nights is a month-long celebration of culture. Artistic expressions ranging from street theatre to classical symphony make up this festival held in the country's capital, Sarajevo; one well-established tradition is the opening night performance by the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. The remaining days are marked by events offering sophisticated entertainment—theatre, book readings, ballet, art exhibits—as well as popular fare like rock concerts, movie screenings, and folklore presentations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tails

comet - Has a tail, and gets its name from Greek kometes, "long-haired star." More...

bangs - The practice of cutting horses' tails the same length was called "banging off," which led to this term for a woman's hairstyle. More...

soup-and-fish - Refers to the attire of white tie and tails. More...

tailgate - Originally a gate that dropped down at the tail of a wagon. More...

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