Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

garrulity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being wordy and talkative.
Synonyms:loquacity, talkativeness
Usage: With the confidential garrulity of a man who has dined too well, he plunged into his darling topic, and I looked past him at the clock.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominalization

Nominalization refers to the creation of a noun from verbs or adjectives. Most of the time, nouns are created from other parts of speech through the use of suffixes. In other cases, "conversion" or "zero derivation" are used. How do these methods work? More...
Article of the Day

Hinnies

Bred as work animals for at least 3,000 years because of their ability to withstand harsh conditions, mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. The less common cross of a female donkey and a male horse is called a hinny. Hinnies are more horselike in appearance than mules, but are often considered inferior. Like mules, they are sterile, since their uneven number of chromosomes results in an incomplete reproductive system. Why are hinnies rarer than mules? More...
This Day in History

"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of "genetic epistemology," a natural timetable for the development of the child's ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

freak of nature

Something or someone that is unusual, rare, or abnormal in some way; beyond or outside the natural world. More...
Today's Holiday

Bat Flight Breakfast (2018)

Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 not only for its geologic formations but for its teeming bat population. Although many visitors to the park witness the bats' spectacular outbound flight at sunset, far fewer witness their return—except those who attend the annual Bat Flight Breakfast. About 400 people arrive at the cave before sunrise on the second Thursday in August and eat sausages and scrambled eggs in their official yellow "bat breakfast hats" while they wait for the bats to return to their roosts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mechanism

mechanical pencil - Pushes graphite out by a mechanism such as a spring or a screw. More...

pinwheel - Originally a mechanism in a clock. More...

gadget - May come from French gachette, which is or has been applied to various pieces of mechanism, or from Gaget, the person who created the first so-called gadgets—miniature Statues of Liberty sold in Paris—or from a Navy term for a tool or mechanical device for which one could not recall the name. More...

rack, pinion - Rack is the linear gear and pinion is the circular gear in a mechanism. More...

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