Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

ataractic

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to a drug or other agent that has a tranquilizing effect.
Synonyms:sedative, tranquilizing
Usage: Valium has an ataractic effect that is useful in treating tension and anxiety.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Understanding Compound Nouns

A compound noun is a noun consisting of two or more words working together as a single unit to name a person, place, or thing. Generally, the first word in the compound noun tells us what kind of person or thing it is or what purpose he, she, or it serves, while the second word does what? More...
Article of the Day

Angel Falls

The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, Venezuela's Angel Falls drops 3,212 ft (979 m) and is 500 ft (150 m) wide at its base, where it feeds into the Churun River. It is named for American aviator James Angel, who in 1937 crash-landed his plane near the top of the falls and was forced—with his companions—to descend on foot. Their trek took 11 days. How long did the plane remain atop the mountain? More...
This Day in History

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Established (1946)

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)—now the United Nations Children's Fund—was founded in 1946 for the purpose of providing relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. After 1950, it turned to general children's welfare programs, winning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1965. Today, it focuses on areas in which relatively small expenditures can have a significant impact. How did its famous "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" fundraising campaign begin? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Born (1882)

A prominent German physicist, Born taught theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen from 1921 to 1933, until Nazi policies forced him—a person of Jewish descent—to flee to England, where he continued to teach at the university level. He made contributions to various branches of physics, including solid-state physics and optics, but his most important work was that related to quantum mechanics, which earned him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954. What noted scientists studied under Born? More...
Quotation of the Day
Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2018)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trifle

bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle." More...

burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle." More...

trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection. More...

trifle - From French truffle/truffe, "deceit, trickery." More...

In the News

This Dinosaur Fossil Was So Bizarre, Scientists Thought It Was Fake

A reconstruction of Halszkaraptor escuilliei reveals the oddball sported a swan-like neck and flippers. An enigmatic dinosaur — which sported a swan-like neck, amphibious flippers and ... More...
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