Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

pergola

Definition:(noun) An arbor or a passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow.
Synonyms:arbor, bower
Usage: The thick vegetation met overhead, interlacing into a natural pergola.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Uncountable Nouns

Nouns that cannot be divided or counted as individual elements or separate parts are called uncountable nouns (also known as mass nouns or non-count nouns). Why is it incorrect to use third-person plural pronouns with uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Enzymes

An essential part of almost all cellular processes, enzymes are biological catalysts, proteins that can accelerate the rates of chemical reactions by several orders of magnitude. Enzymes serve a wide variety of functions inside living organisms, especially in the digestive systems of animals, where they help break down large molecules like starches and proteins. Like a key for a lock, each enzyme is specific to one molecule. What household products use enzymes to speed up biochemical reactions? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of the Planet Vulcan Is Announced (1860)

To account for inconsistencies between Mercury's predicted and observed orbital path, French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier postulated that a tiny, hypothetical planet, which he named Vulcan, was present within Mercury's orbit. Sightings of Vulcan were reported until 1878, and Leverrier died believing he had discovered another planet. Eventually, however, the orbital anomalies were explained by Einstein's general theory of relativity. After what was the hypothetical planet named? More...
Today's Birthday

Mehmed IV (1642)

After the deposition and murder of his father, Sultan Ibrahim, 7-year-old Mehmed IV ascended the throne of the Ottoman Empire. Chaos and corruption followed, and though grand vizier Mehmed Köprülü managed to restore order, the empire suffered severe setbacks. In 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna but were repulsed by King John III of Poland, and a Holy League was formed to carry the war into Ottoman territory. Mehmed was deposed after a Turkish defeat by Charles V of Lorraine. Who succeeded him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wealth should not be seized...for if a man take great wealth violently and perforce, or if he steal it through his tongue, as often happens when gain deceives men's sense and dishonor tramples down honor, the gods soon blot him out and make that man's house low, and wealth attends him only for a little time.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

this, that, and the other

Miscellany; a lot of different, varying things. More...
Today's Holiday

Berchtold's Day (2019)

In Switzerland, the day after New Year's Day is known as Berchtoldstag and is celebrated primarily by children. Groups of playmates organize parties that feature nut eating and nut games followed by singing and folk dancing. A popular game is the building of "hocks" composed of four nuts placed close together with a fifth balanced on top. The children begin gathering and stockpiling nuts for Berchtold's Day festivities early in the fall. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tired

languescent - If you are becoming tired, you are languescent. More...

irk - Originally meant "grow tired"; a possible source is Old Norse yrkja, "work." More...

lassate - Means tired or weary. More...

late - Comes from Indo-European lad-, "slow, weary," which begat Latin lassus, "tired," before English late, meaning "slow." More...

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