Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

escargot

Definition:(noun) Edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic.
Synonyms:snail
Usage: I ordered escargot in an attempt to appear sophisticated, but when the plate of snails was set down before me, I could not bring myself to choke down a single one.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs that Indicate Attitude

There are several types of evaluative adverbs, which can be classified according to their function. We can use evaluative adverbs to make our attitude about something clear. "Frankly" is an evaluative adverb that we can use in this way. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

The Piraeus Lion

The Piraeus Lion is a white marble statue that stood in the ancient Athenian harbor of Piraeus and served as a famous landmark from about 100 CE on. Looted by Venetian naval commander Francesco Morosini in 1687, it is today on display at Italy's Venetian Arsenal. The lion is most notable for the two lengthy runic inscriptions carved on its sides by Scandinavian mercenaries in the 11th century. There have been several attempts to decipher and translate the text, which scholars believe says what? More...
This Day in History

Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer's Microwave (1945)

Self-taught engineer Percy Spencer discovered the cooking potential of microwaves in the 1940s. While working on magnetrons for the Raytheon Company, he noticed that a peanut butter chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He determined that microwaves emitted from his magnetrons had cooked the candy bar and confirmed this theory by testing it on popcorn. Raytheon patented Spencer's microwave oven in 1945 and put it on the market in 1947. What was the first food to explode in a microwave? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker "Ace of Aces." After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though a man be wise, it is no shame for him to live and learn.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be sick to death of (something)

To be or become exceedingly wearied by, bored of, or exasperated with something. More...
Today's Holiday

Taiiku-no-Hi (Health and Sports Day) (2018)

Taiiku-no-Hi, or Health and Sports Day, is a national legal holiday in Japan set aside to promote good physical and emotional health through athletic activity. Since 1966 it has been observed on the anniversary of the first day of the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: musical instrument

piano word - One in which all of its letters can be played as notes on a musical instrument (e.g. cabbage). More...

cord, chord - Cord comes from Greek khorde, "gut, string of a musical instrument," and chord is a refashioning of cord. More...

sweet potato - An informal name for the ocarina, a musical instrument. More...

tone color - The same as timbre, the quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. More...

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In the News

Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years

Humans did not accelerate the decline of the 'Green Sahara' and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL. The study by a team of geographers and archaeologists from UCL and ... More...
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