Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

aide-memoire

Definition:(noun) A memorandum setting forth the major points of a proposed discussion or agreement, used especially in diplomatic communications.
Synonyms:position paper
Usage: After the conference, they wrote an aide-memoire and sent copies of it to everyone in the department who had been unable to attend the meeting.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Tense

The past tense is used to describe or indicate an action that began in the past. There are four forms of the past tense that can accomplish these tasks. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Gleiwitz Incident

In 1939, Nazi forces staged an attack on a German radio station and planted the bullet-riddled body of a Polish sympathizer at the scene, reporting the attack as the work of Polish saboteurs. The attack was part of a Nazi propaganda campaign called Operation Himmler, which involved a series of staged incidents intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany and provide a basis for the subsequent invasion of Poland. What was Hitler quoted as having said about the campaign? More...
This Day in History

The Age of Kali Yuga Begins (3102 BCE)

In Hindu scripture, the age of Kali Yuga is the last of the four cyclic stages of the world and is currently ongoing. It is thought to have begun on the same day that Krishna left the Earth and is said to be marked by greed and murder. The scriptures predict that during Kali Yuga, unreasonable rulers will impose burdensome taxes and people will migrate to wheat-producing countries, become addicted to alcohol, and exhibit flexible morals. How long is the age expected to last? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Gurley Brown (1922)

Propelled to fame by her 1962 bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, Brown became editor-in-chief of the struggling Cosmopolitan magazine. By directing the magazine toward single, young career women and by being an outspoken advocate of women's sexual freedom, she not only revived the publication but also played a part in the sexual revolution. By the end of her 32-year tenure with Cosmopolitan, the magazine ranked sixth at the newsstand but first in what other kind of store? More...
Quotation of the Day
Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

lower the bar

To lower the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Nepal Democracy Day (2018)

Also known as Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas, this holiday commemorates the introduction of a democratic system of government in Nepal, which had been ruled by the Rana family since the mid-19th century. Two other national holidays in Nepal are Unity Day, January 11—celebrating the unification of the various principalities into one country more than 200 years ago—and Constitution Day, November 8—observing the adoption of a new Nepalese constitution in 1990. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: splash

jaup, jawp - A jaup or jawp is the splash of liquid against a surface or the sound made by liquid sloshing around in a container. More...

jabble - Turbulence on the surface of water; to jabble is "to splash or splatter." More...

spritzer - From German, meaning "splash." More...

swab - As in "mop the decks," it is a back-formation from swabber, "sailor who mops the decks," from a Germanic base meaning "splash." More...

In the News

3D Printer Makes Bone, Ear, and Cartilage that Can Be Transplanted

It's alive! In a breakthrough discovery, a decade in the making, researchers created an ear, muscle, cartilage, skull bone and jawbone using a super high-tech printer. All of the body parts were then transplanted into mice and rats. “The main goal is ... More...
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