Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

gelid

Definition:(adjective) Very cold; icy.
Synonyms:arctic, frigid, glacial, polar
Usage: After only a few minutes in the gelid wind, they were shivering too hard to speak.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Finite and Non-finite Verbs

Finite verbs have subjects and indicate grammatical tense, person, and number. Non-finite verbs do not have tenses or subjects that they correspond to. What are some examples of non-finite verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Velcro

Velcro is a brand name of fabric hook-and-loop fasteners. It was invented by a Swiss engineer who came up with the idea after examining the burdock seeds that kept sticking to his clothes. Velcro consists of a layer of hooks and a layer of loops which, when pressed together, form a bond that can be very strong: full-body hook and loop suits have been made that can hold a person to a suitably-covered wall. Velcro was even involved in the first medical procedure of what kind? More...
This Day in History

First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club (1975)

In 1975, computer hobbyists in Silicon Valley, California, decided to meet regularly to exchange ideas. The first meeting took place in a garage. Members of the club would go on to become some of the most influential players in the burgeoning computer industry, including, most notably, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who formed their company the next year. What other giants of the industry were members of the Homebrew Computer Club during its early years? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658)

Originally of the minor Gascon nobility, Cadillac came to America in 1683 to seek his fortune. He became a favorite of the governor of New France, was placed in charge of a frontier post at Mackinac, and eventually proposed the creation of a new fort with a better strategic position against the English. With a band of colonists, he founded in 1701 what would become the city of Detroit. Ten years later, he was appointed governor of what vast French territory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

make a wide stride

To make great and rapid progress or advancement. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Excited Insects (2018)

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shooting

biathlon - Consists of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. More...

off-hand - Meaning "at once, straightway," it probably originally referred to shooting without a rest or support; as "unpremeditated," it is attested to 1719. More...

potshot - Comes from shooting an animal purely for food (pot), rather than for simple conquest. More...

scope - First meant "target for shooting," from Greek skopos, "target." More...

In the News

Scientists Work Out the Weight of a Stegosaurus

Paleontologists wish they could be so rude as to walk up and ask a dinosaur her weight. Traditionally, they've guessed the mass of the long-dead dinos by making estimates based on the size of the bones in their thighs and upper arms. That has proved to be ... More...
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