Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 17, 2017)
Word of the Day

circumference

Definition:(noun) The boundary line of a figure, area, or object.
Synonyms:circuit
Usage: He had walked the full circumference of his land, repairing his fence along the way.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs vs. Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. While comparative adjectives describe similarities and differences between two nouns, what do comparative adverbs make comparisons between? More...
Article of the Day

Tickling

Tickling is perhaps one of the most common human behaviors known, and many of history's greatest thinkers have tried to explain it. Charles Darwin, for example, noticed that a person cannot tickle himself, and scientists have observed that ticklish spots are found in the same places as protective reflexes. These observations suggest that ticklishness confers an evolutionary advantage by encouraging individuals to reflexively protect themselves. Are animals ticklish? 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
Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Astronomers around the world reacted to the signal quickly, focusing telescopes located on every ... More...
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