Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

agonistic

Definition:(adjective) Striving to overcome in argument.
Synonyms:combative
Usage: The incumbent's aggressive, agonistic approach to the debate alienated many of his supporters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Participles

Participles are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives or gerunds. Participles can also be used to form which verb tenses? More...
Article of the Day

The Artificial Heart

A synthetic heart remains one of the long-sought holy grails of modern medicine. Although the heart is conceptually simple—it is, in essence, a muscle that acts as a pump—it contains subtleties that defy straightforward reproduction. Though artificial hearts have been successfully implanted, they are suitable only as temporary replacements in patients awaiting transplants; no device has yet been developed for total replacement of the heart. What is the longest an artificial heart has been used? More...
This Day in History

Sesame Street Premieres (1969)

Today, Sesame Street is an American institution. However, at the time of its debut, the show was revolutionary. Developed by the Children's Television Workshop, Sesame Street was the first educational children's show to base its content on laboratory research. Much of that research went into determining what would capture the attention spans of young viewers, and Muppets—such as Elmo and Oscar the Grouch—were found to be particularly effective. Which US state once banned the show? More...
Today's Birthday

Vachel Lindsay (1879)

Lindsay was an American poet who, in an attempt to revive poetry as an oral art form of the common people, traveled the country reciting his poems in return for food and shelter. He first received wider recognition for 1913's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven," about the founder of the Salvation Army. His works are known for their strong, musical rhythms and vivid imagery. Despite his popularity, he was crushed by personal and financial worries and committed suicide by drinking what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

heat wave

A period of time in which the weather is unusually and persistently hot. More...
Today's Holiday

Bhairava Ashtami (2017)

Among Hindus, Bhairava means "frightful" or "terrible." He is a manifestation of Shiva, a terrifying character who is worshipped to obtain success, prosperity, the removal of obstacles, and recovery from illness. He is often depicted accompanied by a dog or riding on one. On Bhairava Ashtami, Hindus worship Bhairava with sweets and flowers. Dogs everywhere are treated to milk, sweets, and other delicacies. At night, worshippers keep a vigil and spend the time telling stories about Bhairava. They also offer libations to their dead ancestors. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: please

amuse-bouche, amuse-guele - Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally "something to please the mouth," and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit. More...

like - Comes from Germanic likam, "appearance, body, form"; the verb came from likojam, which, as like, originally meant "please." More...

love - From Old English lufu, connected with Sanskrit lubh, "to desire," and Latin lubere, "to please." More...

please - Descends from Latin placere, "please." More...

In the News

Sheep learned to recognize photos of Obama and other celebrities, neuroscientists say

Of the roughly 1.1 billion sheep on Earth, roughly 1.1 billion have no idea who Barack Obama is. But there are at least eight sheep who can recognize the former president by his face. After a few days of training at the University of Cambridge in ... More...
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