Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

cockeyed

Definition:(adjective) Turned or twisted toward one side.
Synonyms:askew, awry, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
Usage: He noticed that his tie was cockeyed and made sure to straighten it before meeting with the company executives.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is formed by using the present tense of the auxiliary verb "have" (or "has," if used with third-person singular pronouns) along with "been" (the past participle of the auxiliary verb "be") and the present participle ("-ing" form) of the "main" verb. Generally, when do we use the present perfect continuous? More...
Article of the Day

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by what are commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria." One of the fastest-spreading infections known, it develops at trauma sites and destroys both skin and muscle. Since the bacteria react slowly to intravenous antibiotics, treatment is often immediately undertaken along with surgical intervention if the condition is even suspected. Who are a few well-known victims of the infection? More...
This Day in History

Seven Japanese Military Leaders Executed for War Crimes (1948)

In the aftermath World War II, thousands of people in Europe and Asia were tried for war crimes. In Tokyo, US General Douglas MacArthur presided over the years-long trial of 28 high-ranking Japanese military and political leaders, all of whom were found guilty. Seven of them—including Hideki Tojo, the former prime minister of Japan—were sentenced to death. A month later, they were executed by hanging. At the execution, MacArthur defied the wishes of US President Harry S. Truman in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732)

Arkwright was a British textile industrialist whose inventions marked an integral step in the Industrial Revolution. His first spinning machine was patented in 1769, and with further innovations he was able to mechanize much of the fabric-production process. The huge cotton mills he founded helped bring about the factory system. Though Arkwright's patents were later disputed, his inventions nevertheless made him very wealthy. As a young man, Arkwright developed a dye for use in what product? More...
Quotation of the Day
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

lightning quick

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Incredibly fast; too quick to keep up with. More...
Today's Holiday

Giant Lantern Festival (2017)

This festival is a highlight of Christmas in the Philippines. In San Fernando, Pampanga, giant lanterns of colored paper and capiz shells, some 12 feet in diameter, are lit and carried in a parade. The event attracts crowds of people from Manila and nearby provinces. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skilled

art - Comes from a base word meaning "put together"; its original general meaning referred to any kind of skill. More...

deipnosophist - If you are skilled at table talk, you are a deipnosophist. More...

kung fu - From Chinese words translating to "merit master" or "one who is highly skilled." More...

linguished - Means "skilled in languages." More...

In the News

Bad News for the Highly Intelligent

There are advantages to being smart. People who do well on standardized tests of intelligence—IQ tests—tend to be more successful in the classroom and the workplace. Although the reasons are not fully understood, they also tend to live longer, healthier ... More...
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