Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

conversant

Definition:(adjective) Well informed about or knowing thoroughly.
Synonyms:familiar
Usage: A few words, in explanation, will here be necessary for such of our readers as are not conversant with the details of aerostation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Adjectives

Prepositions can sometimes appear after adjectives to complete or elaborate on the ideas or emotions the adjective describes. What are prepositions used in this way called? More...
Article of the Day

Gaston Planté

In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté invented the lead acid battery, the world's first rechargeable electric battery and the forerunner of the modern automobile battery. His early model consisted of two sheets of coiled lead soaked in sulfuric acid, but he soon revised this design, and just a year later, he presented a nine-cell version to the Academy of Sciences. What mechanical device did Planté invent as part of his investigation into the differences between static and dynamic electricity? More...
This Day in History

Nashville Sit-Ins Begin (1960)

Just before it became first major Southern US city to begin integrating public spaces, Nashville was the scene of a months-long peaceful protest at the lunch counters of the city's department stores. Scores of African-American college students calmly occupied seats at the counters while employees refused to serve them. Some protesters were assaulted or jailed. That May, the counters were desegregated. The protesters' code of conduct became a model for other demonstrations. What did it say? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarojini Naidu (1879)

Known as "the Nightingale of India," Naidu was an Indian child prodigy who began writing poetry as a young girl. She went on to pursue politics and became the first Indian woman to serve as president of the Indian National Congress and the first female governor of Uttar Pradesh. She enjoyed a close relationship with Mohandas Gandhi, and her participation in passive disobedience campaigns landed her in jail on multiple occasions. How is Naidu's birthday celebrated in India? More...
Quotation of the Day
To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

lost in translation

Of a word or words, having lost or lacking the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from the original language to another, especially when done literally. (Usually formulated as "be/get lost in translation.") More...
Today's Holiday

Shrove Tuesday (2018)

There are a number of names in the West for the last day before the long fast of Lent. The French call it Mardi Gras (meaning "Fat Tuesday"), because it was traditionally a time to use up all the milk, butter, and eggs left in the kitchen. These ingredients often went into pancakes, which is why the English call it Pancake Day. The name "Shrove Tuesday" is derived from the Christian custom of confessing sins and being "shriven" (i.e., absolved) just before Lent. No matter what its name, the day before Ash Wednesday has long been a time for excessive eating and merrymaking. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swallow

glutton - Comes from Latin glutire, "to swallow." More...

swallow one's teeth - To retract a statement. More...

glut - The amount of liquid swallowed in a gulp. More...

bolus, chyme - Bolus is chewed food ready for swallowing, and chyme is swallowed, partially digested food. More...

In the News

Newly Discovered Gecko Has a Quick-Release Mechanism for Escaping Predators

Lizards are famous for their ability to detach their tails when a predator grabs it, but a newfound species of gecko from Madagascar takes this ability to the extreme. When a predator goes to take a bite, Geckolepis megalepis gives it a mouthful of ... More...
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