Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

wakeless

Definition:(adjective) (Of sleep) deep or unbroken.
Synonyms:profound, sound, heavy
Usage: He fell into a deep, wakeless sleep.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Complements

An adjective complement is a phrase or clause that provides information necessary to complete an adjective phrase’s meaning. Adjective complements are similar to but distinct from modifiers of adjectives. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Atatürk, or "Father Turk," began his career in the service of the Ottoman military, but he soon became the Empire's greatest opponent and went on to lead the Turkish War of Independence. In the early 1920s, Atatürk led a military and political campaign that resulted in the Treaty of Lausanne and the founding of the Turkish republic. In 1923, Atatürk was elected the Republic's first president. He then set out on an energetic program of Westernization. How did he reform the Turkish language? More...
This Day in History

Loma Prieta Earthquake Disrupts World Series (1989)

Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics was scheduled to begin at 5:35 PM on October 17, 1989, but Mother Nature intervened. The Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco at 5:04 PM with 60,000 fans already inside Candlestick Park. Due to the timing, it was the first major earthquake to be broadcast on live TV, and a blimp covering the game was able to coordinate emergency efforts. How long is the earthquake believed to have lasted? More...
Today's Birthday

Mae Carol Jemison (1956)

Born in America at a time when being black and female were considered distinct disadvantages, particularly in the scientific community, Jemison nevertheless had big dreams and intense drive. She studied medicine and was a practicing physician until the late 1980s, when she made history by becoming the first black female astronaut. In 1992, she skyrocketed to fame aboard the US space shuttle Endeavour as the first African-American woman in space. Why did she resign from NASA the next year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

sounding board

A person or group with whom one discusses an idea, plan, or suggestion in order to evaluate its strengths, acceptability, feasibility, practicality, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (2018)

The United Nations named October 17 the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992. In doing so, the U.N. followed the lead of some non-governmental organizations that had already dedicated the day to promoting awareness of the plight of the extremely poor. The U.N. observance focuses especially on the needs of the destitute in developing countries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: heap

mogul - A small mound of snow on a ski course, from Old Norse mugl, "little heap." More...

congeries - A Latin word meaning "heap or pile of disparate items" or "disorderly collection." More...

midden - Traces back to Scandinavian forms mog, "muck," and dynge, "heap," and first meant "dunghill" before it denoted a prehistoric or historic refuse heap. More...

accumulate - One of its Latin elements is cumulus, "a heap." More...

In the News

?Humans Exited Africa and Trekked to China, Fossils Reveal

Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia much earlier than previously thought, and tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. This discovery yields new information about the dispersal of modern ... More...
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