Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 17, 2017)
Word of the Day

escritoire

Definition:(noun) A writing table; a desk.
Synonyms:secretaire, writing table, secretary
Usage: In the large shining mahogany escritoire Mr. Osborne had a drawer especially devoted to his son's affairs and papers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb + a preposition or an adverbial particle, and their meaning is uniquely tied to each particular combination. What is a particle? More...
Article of the Day

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to move up into the esophagus. The disorder can cause heartburn, esophagitis, and chronic chest pain and has been linked to laryngitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. GERD affects children as well as adults, and it is estimated that up to 35% of babies born in the US struggle with reflux. When do most babies outgrow the disease? More...
This Day in History

Ford Mustang Debuts at New York World's Fair (1964)

Introduced at a relatively affordable $2,368, the Ford Mustang took the American auto market by storm. The initial sales projection of 100,000 units in the first year was surpassed within months, and a record 418,000 were on the road within the year. That year, the Mustang was featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger and appeared as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500, helping secure its iconic status. The original pony car, the very first Mustang model has what unusual designation? More...
Today's Birthday

Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916)

Bandaranaike's husband became prime minister of Ceylon in 1956 and was assassinated three years later. In the election that followed, Bandaranaike's party was victorious—making her the world's first female prime minister. She headed two coalition governments and served again as prime minister when she was appointed by her daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was elected president in 1994. While in office, Bandaranaike promoted a new constitution that changed the country's name to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Idiom of the Day

more sinned against than sinner

Less guilty or worthy of blame than others, especially those who have injured or laid such blame or guilt upon one. More...
Today's Holiday

Syria National Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates the withdrawal of French troops on this day in 1946, when Syria proclaimed its independence after more than 20 years of French occupation. It is also known as Independence Day and Evacuation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sequence

arithmetic progression - A sequence in which each term is obtained by the addition of a constant number to the preceding term, as 1, 4, 7, 10, 13. More...

initialism, alphabetism, acronym - Initialisms (sometimes called alphabetisms) are formed from the initial letters of a string of words and are pronounced as a sequence of letters, e.g. BYOB, USA, DVD. Acronyms are formed from the initial letters or parts of words in a sequence, but have the distinction of being pronounceable words, e.g. RADAR, SCUBA. More...

solfeggio, gamut - Solfeggio and gamut are words formed on the sequence of musical notes. More...

tier - From French tire, "order, sequence." More...

In the News

This New Solar-Powered Device Can Pull Water Straight from the Desert Air

You can't squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per ... More...
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