Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

pertain

Definition:(verb) Be relevant to.
Synonyms:concern, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate
Usage: All the evidence that pertains to the accident was submitted to the court.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indefinite Adjectives vs. Indefinite Pronouns

Some indefinite pronouns can also function as indefinite adjectives if they come immediately before a noun that they serve to modify. If you're trying to determine if a word is an indefinite pronoun, what can you check in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Origin of Birds

Though the origin of birds has long been a contentious topic, the current scientific consensus is that they evolved from maniraptors, dinosaurs with which they share many anatomical features. One issue that has yet to be resolved, however, is whether the capacity for flight arose in tree-living dinosaurs that glided from branch to branch—the "trees-down" hypothesis—or in fast-running terrestrial dinosaurs—the "ground-up" hypothesis. What other theory about the origin of flight has been proposed? More...
This Day in History

Ivy Mike: First Successful Test of a Hydrogen Bomb (1952)

Years before the atomic bomb was developed, Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, and other American nuclear physicists set their sights on developing a weapon with even greater destructive potential—the hydrogen bomb. Their designs would not be realized, however, until after the development of the A-bomb, which is needed to generate the temperatures required to initiate H-bombs' fusion reactions. How did Teller, thousands of miles away during the "Ivy Mike" test, know almost immediately of its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Canova (1757)

Canova was an Italian sculptor who was extremely influential in the development of neoclassicism. He produced his first important sculpture, Daedalus and Icarus, in 1779 and was accused of making plaster casts from live models because his figures were so realistic. Among his most important commissions were the tombs of Popes Clement XIII and Clement XIV. In 1802, he became court sculptor to Napoleon I in Paris. How did his love of sculpting ultimately contribute to his death in 1822? More...
Quotation of the Day
The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else. Somewhere else retribution will come on the real offender. Here it often seems to fall on the wrong person.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

run a temperature

To have an abnormally high body temperature (a fever), which is indicative of or caused by illness. More...
Today's Holiday

Algeria National Day (Anniversary of the Revolution) (2018)

This national holiday, also known as Revolution Day, commemorates the day in 1954 Algerians began their revolution against the French, who had ruled since 1830. Huge crowds of people celebrate in the capital city of Algiers on the Mediterranean coast. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: private

closet - First denoted a private or small room. More...

privilege - Derives from Latin privus, "private," and leg/lex, "law." More...

privity - The state of being private or secret. More...

secretary - Comes from Latin, meaning "confidential officer," and first denoted a person, such as a confidant, entrusted with private or secret matters; it should be pronounced SEK-ruh-tair-ee. More...

In the News

A Labrador's Color Might Determine Its Life Span

In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins. Not only that, but they also have higher rates of kin disease and ear infections. For the study, researchers ... More...
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