Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 5, 2019)
Word of the Day

wonted

Definition:(adjective) Commonly used or practiced; usual.
Synonyms:habitual, accustomed, customary
Usage: Professor Erlin lost his wonted calm: he beat the table with his fist, and drowned all opposition with the roar of his fine deep voice.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more words, phrases, or independent clauses. There are seven coordinating conjunctions in English, which can be remembered using what acronym? More...
Article of the Day

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small New World birds that feed on insects and nectar, for which their long, slender bills are adapted. They have jewel-toned feathers whose prismatic construction iridesces in changing light and are usually seen hovering or darting, at speeds of up to 60 mph (97 km/h), their wings appearing blurred due to the rapidity of their beating. In flight, they have the highest metabolism of all animals but insects and must feed almost constantly to survive. What do they do at night? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Dogger Bank (1781)

The Battle of Dogger Bank was a naval battle that took place in the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which broke out over Dutch trade with Britain's enemies during the American Revolution. The battle is therefore considered part of the American War of Independence. The clash began after the British spotted and began to chase a Dutch merchant fleet being escorted by a convoy of warships. Both sides suffered significant casualties during the three-hour skirmish. Who emerged the victor? More...
Today's Birthday

Oswaldo Cruz (1872)

Cruz was a Brazilian physician, scientist, and the founder of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute for research and development in biomedical sciences in Rio de Janeiro. As the Director General of Public Health, Cruz took strong measures to combat the bubonic plague, smallpox, and yellow fever in Brazil. He instituted sanitary reforms that included isolating the sick and exterminating the rat population in Rio. What happened when he tried to reinstate a law imposing mandatory smallpox vaccination? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

within arm's reach

Close enough to touch, either literally or hypothetically. Easily attainable. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Independence Day (2022)

Formerly called Upper Volta, Burkina Faso gained independence from France on August 5, 1960, an event commemorated as a national holiday each year. The area had been a French protectorate since the 1890s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: representation

macrograph - A life-size drawing or representation. More...

simulacrum - In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue. More...

representational art - Art that seeks to depict the physical appearance of reality; also called objective art and figurative art. More...

logogram, logograph, grammalogue - A logogram or logograph is the same as a grammalogue, a word represented by a single sign, like $. More...

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