Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

politic

Definition:(adjective) Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication.
Synonyms:bland, smooth, suave
Usage: He was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. What do they refer to in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Radiolarians

Radiolarians are a highly diverse group of marine protozoa widely recognized for their intricately ornate mineral skeletons. Part of the plankton community, radiolarians have a fossil record that extends back to the early Paleozoic era. Because they have undergone continuous evolutionary change, they are often used to analyze the layers of the marine sedimentary record. What German biologist produced exquisite drawings of radiolarians that helped to popularize them among Victorian microscopists? More...
This Day in History

The Fashoda Incident (1898)

Toward the end of the 19th century, France and Britain were brought to the brink of war by territorial disputes in Africa. Tensions came to a head at a strategically located fort at Fashoda, Sudan, occupied by the French mere months before a British force arrived with its own designs on the area. A standoff ensued, but the French, fearing an outbreak of hostilities, eventually withdrew. The diplomatic solution to this political crisis is widely seen as a precursor to what Anglo-French agreement? More...
Today's Birthday

Lance Armstrong (1971)

Once the darling of the cycling world and a symbol of hope for those battling cancer, Armstrong recently suffered a spectacular fall from grace following revelations that the US Anti-Doping Agency possessed evidence that he had been doping since the late 1990s. He was subsequently stripped of his record seven consecutive Tour de France titles as well as his Olympic medal and banned from the sport for life. After repeated denials, Armstrong finally came clean in 2013, admitting his guilt to whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

broken-hearted

Very sad, typically due to a tragic event or the end of a romantic relationship. More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution Week (Mesa, Arizona) (2018)

Mesa, Arizona, has consistently celebrated the Congressionally established Constitution Week for over 30 years. Held at the Mesa Amphitheater, the celebration includes a school band concert, a Constitution Quiz, a Boy Scouts parade of flags, the high school color guard ROTC, and live music. Educational activities include information about the lives and activities of America's Founding Fathers and an in-depth examination of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Mesa students at all grade levels learn about the U.S. Constitution during the week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: socket

ball, socket - On a clothing snap, there is a ball and a socket. More...

socket - From Middle English, first as "head of a spear, resembling a plowshare," from an Anglo-Norman French diminutive of French soc, "plowshare." More...

acetabulum - The socket of the hip bone, into which the head of the femur fits. More...

birn - The socket in a clarinet or other woodwind into which the mouthpiece fits. More...

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