Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

surfactant

Definition:(noun) A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.
Synonyms:wetting agent, surface-active agent, wetter
Usage: She ordered a new pair of glasses and had the lenses coated with a surfactant that would act as an anti-fogging agent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Sentences

A sentence, whether short or long, must express a complete idea; and a complete sentence must consist of at least one independent clause. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Capoeira

An Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, capoeira originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil and is now a popular art form practiced worldwide. Capoeira is performed in a special roda, or circle, where practitioners take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring. While capoeira focuses on skill rather than injuring opponents, the intensity of an individual game depends on the rhythm of the music. Why was capoeira outlawed in Brazil in 1890? More...
This Day in History

First Commercial Internet Domain Name Registered (1985)

A domain name is an address of a computer, organization, or other entity on a network, such as the Internet, that follows TCP/IP communications protocol. Domain names must be unique on the Internet and must be assigned by a registrar accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They typically include the type and name of an organization and identify the specific host server at the address. The first commercial Internet domain name was registered in 1985. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Fabio Lanzoni (1959)

Widely known simply as Fabio, Lanzoni is an Italian male fashion model and actor who became famous for appearing on the covers of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has also written romance novels, including Pirate and Comanche, and is said to be the first best-selling male romance writer to publish under his own name rather than a pseudonym. Lanzoni has appeared in a number of commercials for a range of different products, and he has acted in what films? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

between dog and wolf

Between dusk and daylight. More...
Today's Holiday

Anna Parenna Festival (2018)

Anna Perenna was a Roman goddess who represented the circle or ring of the year—Anna being the feminine form of annus (meaning "year") and March, the month her festival was observed, being the first month of the Roman calendar. On the day of her festival, the plebs of Rome went to the Campus Martius, a large field outside the walls of the city, and lay about on the grass, often constructing simple huts out of stakes and branches with togas stretched across the top. They spent the day drinking, dancing, and singing, returning to the city at night in a state of deep intoxication. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thief

jilt - A female accomplice to a thief. More...

furtive - Someone who is furtive literally "carries things away like a thief." More...

ferret - Its name comes from Latin furritus, "little thief"—alluding to the animal's affinity for stealing hens' eggs. More...

thief - Has the underlying meaning of "crouching, furtive person." More...

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