Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

inveterate

Definition:(adjective) Persisting in an ingrained habit.
Synonyms:chronic, confirmed, habitual
Usage: He was an inveterate gambler, though a poor loser.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the simple present tense) is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Why is it called the present "simple"? More...
Article of the Day

Avicenna

A polymath born in Persia around 980 CE, Avicenna was, among other things, an astronomer, chemist, mathematician, poet, and the foremost physician and philosopher of his time. The Canon of Medicine, one of his most famous works, remained a standard medical text at many Islamic and European universities until the 18th century. Called the "doctor of doctors," Avicenna is regarded as the father of modern medicine. How old was Avicenna when he began studying medicine? More...
This Day in History

Remains of Explorer Robert Scott and His Men Are Found in Antarctica (1912)

The Scott party reached the South Pole in January 1912 after a grueling two-and-a-half month journey across Antarctica, only to find that another group had beaten them to it weeks earlier. On the return trek, Scott and his entire team died. Seven months later, a search party found their final camp, retrieved Scott's records, and buried the bodies under a cairn of snow. It is now believed that Scott was the last to die. In his final diary entry, written on March 29, Scott makes what request? More...
Today's Birthday

Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651?)

Today considered one of the greatest lyric poets of colonial Mexico, Sor Juana abandoned her life as a favorite at the viceroy's court to join a convent at the age of 16. There, she immersed herself in learning. Criticized by her superiors, she penned a passionate defense of women's education that became a classic. Despite having earned wide acclaim as a poet, she ceased writing publicly under pressure from church officials. Devoted to spirituality in her final years, she died doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over nature.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

be in bad with (someone)

To be disliked or out of favor with someone; to be in trouble with someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day (2017)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was a pioneer in the struggle for women's rights. She helped organize the first women's rights convention, held at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. With Susan B. Anthony, they organized the National Woman Suffrage Association, planned suffrage campaigns, and fought for equality for women. Governor Herbert Lehman of New York declared November 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in 1941. Her birthday has long been observed by women's rights groups throughout the U.S., particularly the National Organization for Women (NOW). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: naked

gymnasium - A school where Greek youths were given athletic training while naked (gymnos). More...

hare, rabbit, jackrabbit - Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits. More...

stark naked - A corruption of start naked, from Anglo-Saxon steort, "tail" —as it described being naked to the tail. More...

stag - To go in stag meant to "go naked," which influenced the later "stag party." More...

In the News

'Brain Wi-Fi' Reverses Leg Paralysis in Primate First

An implant that beams instructions out of the brain has been used to restore movement in paralysed primates for the first time, say scientists. Rhesus monkeys were paralysed in one leg due to a damaged spinal cord. The team at the Swiss Federal Institute of ... More...
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