Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

physic

Definition:(noun) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
Synonyms:aperient, cathartic, purgative
Usage: "Affery, woman," said Mr. Flintwinch, with a friendly grin on his expressive countenance, "if you ever have a dream of this sort again, it'll be a sign of your being in want of physic."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participles

Participles are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives or gerunds or can be used to form the continuous tenses and the perfect tenses of verbs. There are two participle forms—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Boston Molasses Disaster

In January 1919, a molasses tank, containing as much as 2,300,000 gal (8,700,000 L) of molasses, exploded in Boston, sending a wave of molasses coursing through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56km/h). The wave of molasses was so powerful that it broke the girders of nearby elevated train structures, lifted a train off its tracks, and destroyed nearby buildings. The streets were flooded with about 3 ft (1 m) of molasses, hindering rescue efforts. How many people were killed in the disaster? More...
This Day in History

Bridge Spans the Bosphorus to Connect Europe and Asia (1973)

The shores of the Bosphorus Strait were once lined with fortifications built by Byzantine emperors and Ottoman sultans protecting Constantinople. Today, one of the world's longest suspension bridges spans the Bosphorus, linking European Turkey with Asian Turkey. The bridge was completed on October 30, 1973—one day after the Turkish republic's 50th anniversary. A second bridge was finished in 1988. What is not allowed to cross the Bosphorus Bridge? More...
Today's Birthday

Ezra Pound (1885)

A major shaper of 20th-century poetry, Pound was one of the most famous and controversial modern literary figures—praised as a subtle and complex poet, dismissed as a naive egotist and pedant, and condemned as a traitor and reactionary. He was a founder of the imagist poetry movement, an editor of several periodicals, and a mentor to many noted writers of his day. Arrested for treason in 1945, he was deemed insane and committed. What did he write during his 12 years in a US mental institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

popcorn flick

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. More...
Today's Holiday

Disarmament Week (2018)

The United Nations' Disarmament Week, observed between October 24 and October 30, was established in 1978. It begins on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, now observed as United Nations Day. Observance revolves around raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intoxicated

nappy - Describing a beer that has a head and is foaming—or a person who is slightly intoxicated. More...

capernoited - Slightly intoxicated. More...

groggy - From grog, "spirits mixed with water," it first meant "intoxicated." More...

temulent, temulency - Temulent means drunken or intoxicated; temulency is intoxication. More...

In the News

Electric Eels Curve Bodies to Heighten Their Shock Value

Electric eels can wield their zapping power in subtle and surprising ways. A new study finds that when dealing with struggling or hard-to-subdue prey, these eels bend their bodies into a horseshoe-like shape to more than double the voltage they deliver to ... More...
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