Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

mastermind

Definition:(verb) Plan and direct (a complex undertaking).
Synonyms:engineer, orchestrate, organize, direct
Usage: The finance minister will continue to mastermind economic reform.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Coordinate Adjectives

When multiple adjectives are used in a sentence, they are sometimes separated by commas. What are "coordinate adjectives," and why are they separated by commas? More...
Article of the Day

Mungo Man

The Mungo Man was an early human inhabitant of Australia discovered at Lake Mungo in New South Wales, Australia, in 1974, when shifting sand dunes exposed his remains. Although his exact age is a matter of debate, he is believed by many to have lived approximately 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch—making his remains the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in Australia to date. What is significant about the method of his burial? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tours (732 CE)

In 661 CE, the first Islamic dynasty rose to prominence and sought to extend its power. The Muslims, seeking control of Aquitaine, were met by Charles Martel's Frankish forces, who were able to halt them at the Battle of Tours. It was not a decisive victory, but the Arabs retreated after their leader was killed, and some historians deem it a watershed moment in preserving Christianity in Europe. The battle greatly enhanced Martel's prestige at the time. What nickname was bestowed on him? More...
Today's Birthday

R. K. Narayan (1906)

A leading figure of early Indian literature in English, Narayan first came to international attention in 1935, with the publication of his first novel Swami and Friends. This book and many of his later novels and short stories are set in the fictional town of Malgudi and give readers a witty, vital, and perceptive glimpse of village life in South India, where modern life and tradition often clash. Narayan also penned several nonfiction works and modern prose versions of what Indian epics? More...
Quotation of the Day
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

silver surfer

An elderly person who is a proficient user of the internet. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Workers' Party of North Korea (2018)

The founding of the ruling Workers' Party of North Korea is marked as a national holiday throughout the country. The main public celebrations of the Founding of the Workers' Party take place in the capital city of Pyongyang. Commemorative dance and song performances, evening galas, and oratorical meetings all can be elements of the holiday observance. Similar speeches and performances also are featured in towns and cities throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pigments

pastel - First pertained to pigment or paste and evolved to mean light or pale colors. More...

excipient - An inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug; it is also the material or surface that receives the pigments in painting. More...

primary colors, secondary colors - In dyes, pigments, and paints, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue—which mix to make the secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. More...

raw sienna, burnt sienna - Raw sienna is a brownish-yellow earth color obtained from a natural clay containing iron and manganese; burnt sienna is reddish-brown. More...

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In the News

This wild plant could be the next strawberry

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and... groundcherries? A little-known fruit about the size of a marble could become agriculture's next big berry crop. To prepare the groundcherry (Physalis pruinosa) for mainstream farming, Howard ... More...
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