Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

countervail

Definition:(verb) Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions.
Synonyms:counteract, counterbalance, neutralize
Usage: I hope that my letter of apology will countervail the foolish actions of my colleagues.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional Phrases as Adverbs

When a prepositional phrase modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb, it is considered to have the function of an adverb within the sentence. What are these phrases called? More...
Article of the Day

The Spinal Cord

Approximately 18 inches (45 cm) long, the human spinal cord is the body's major neural tract, a thin, tubular bundle of nerves that is enclosed in and protected by the bony vertebral column. Together, the spinal cord and brain compose the central nervous system. Injury to the spinal cord may result in a loss of communication between the brain and sections of the spinal cord, causing paralysis, loss of sensation, or weakness. From what part of the brain does the spinal cord extend? More...
This Day in History

First Permanent ARPANET Link Is Established (1969)

Funded by the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), ARPANET was the first digital network that utilized packet switching, a method of data transmission. A revolutionary technology, it ultimately led to the creation of the modern Internet. The network's first permanent connection was made between computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Stanford Research Institute. By 1983, more than 300 computers were connected. What was the first message sent through ARPANET? More...
Today's Birthday

Hetty Green (1834)

Green was an American financier and reputedly the wealthiest American woman of her time. In 1865, her father and aunt both died, leaving her an estate valued at $10 million. She invested her inheritance so shrewdly that she came to be regarded as the greatest woman financier in the world, amassing an estate valued at $100-200 million. An extremely miserly woman, the "Witch of Wall Street" allegedly refused a hernia operation because it cost $150. What are some other examples of her stinginess? More...
Quotation of the Day
Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

get in touch (with someone)

To initiate or establish contact or communication with someone More...
Today's Holiday

Great American Smokeout (2019)

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to "adopt" smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: noisy

corroboree - A large, noisy gathering. More...

crash - May have been created as an imitation of the sound of noisy breaking, or may be a blend of craze and dash. More...

obstreperous - Meaning "clamorous, noisy" and "argumentative," it is from Latin ob-, "against," and strepere, "to make a noise." More...

strepent, strepitent - Strepent and strepitent mean "noisy." More...

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