Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 2, 2021)
Word of the Day

vacillate

Definition:(verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
Synonyms:hover, oscillate, vibrate
Usage: I vacillated about what to say for so long that the man on the phone asked if I was still there.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that began and was still in progress in the past before another past action started. How does it differ from the past perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

Phage Therapy

Bacteriophages, complex viruses that infect bacteria, were first discovered in the early 20th century. Phage therapy soon emerged as a possible treatment for bacterial infections, including epidemic diseases, but this approach was largely abandoned after the advent of antibiotics in the 1940s. More recently, the increasing threat posed by drug-resistant bacteria has led to renewed interest in phage therapy. For what use did the US Food and Drug Administration approve bacteriophages in 2006? More...
This Day in History

Paddy Roy Bates Founds His Own Nation (1967)

The Principality of Sealand is a purported micronation located on Roughs Tower, a World War II-era British sea fort located in the North Sea six miles (10 km) off the coast of Suffolk, England. Since 1966, the installation has been occupied by the associates and family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major and pirate radio broadcaster who claimed it as a sovereign and independent state in 1967. What is the international community's position on the fort's status as a sovereign nation? More...
Today's Birthday

Christa McAuliffe (1948)

McAuliffe, a high school history teacher, was among the seven crew members killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded soon after its launch in 1986. She had been selected to be the first civilian in space from a field of more than 11,000 applicants to NASA's Teacher in Space program, and she was slated to teach two lessons during the flight. In 2004, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. What happened to the teacher chosen as McAuliffe's backup? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

make (something) up as (one) goes (along)

To improvise continuously as one does something; to do something without formal guidelines, structure, rules, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Vietnam National Day (2021)

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam observes its declaration of independence from France as a national holiday. On this day in 1945, Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) proclaimed the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. To celebrate Vietnam's national holiday, people gather in major cities, including Hanoi, for speeches, parades, fireworks, and other festivities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: troops

squadron - Borrowed from Italian squadrone, from Latin quadrare, "square"; the sense of "military group" comes from an earlier "square formation of troops." More...

campaign - First meant an open tract of land, from Latin campus, "level ground," and the change to a military meaning came from troops "taking the field"—moving from fortress or town to open country—from which the political sense evolved, referring to the organized efforts of office-seekers to sway public opinion or influence their vote at an upcoming election. More...

echelon - Comes from French echelle, "ladder," from Latin scala, and first meant a formation of troops. More...

corporal - Its military meaning came from "the head of a body of troops," from French caporale. More...

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