Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

bonhomie

Definition:(noun) A pleasant and affable disposition.
Synonyms:affability, affableness, amiableness, geniality, amiability
Usage: The good humor and bonhomie called up by this last evening amongst his old friends had disappeared.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Brackets

Brackets ( [ ] ), sometimes known as square brackets, are usually used within quoted speech to indicate that a writer has added material to the quotation. What are the different types of brackets? More...
Article of the Day

Spider Webs

Many spiders use webs of proteinaceous fibers extruded from silk-spinning organs, called spinnerets, to catch prey without having to expend energy pursuing it. However, constructing a web is an energetically costly process, and it is not uncommon for a spider to eat its own web each day to recoup some of the energy expended in its spinning. A remarkable material, spider silk possesses a tensile strength comparable to that of high-grade steel and has been used in medical settings to do what? More...
This Day in History

Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the opening engagements of the American Revolution. While marching from Boston to Concord to seize colonists' military stores, a British force of 700 was met at Lexington by 77 local minutemen. After a brief exchange of shots, the outnumbered colonists fell back. The British continued on to Concord, where they were defeated by a militia of about 500. Who had been sent to warn the people of the Massachusetts countryside about the impending British attack? More...
Today's Birthday

David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his "iron law of wages," what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

collect (one's) thoughts

To pause and think before speaking or taking action. More...
Today's Holiday

Sámi Easter Festival (2019)

The Sámi Easter Festival takes place annually during Easter in Kautokeino, Norway. The Sámi people are the indigenous people of the northernmost Nordic regions, including northern Norway. Festival activities include tours by reindeer-drawn sleigh, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. There are art exhibitions and concerts, with some featuring traditional yoik, as well as modern music of the Sámis. The festival is also host to the annual reindeer-racing world-cup race. A film festival runs every year in conjunction with the Sámi festival, with a variety of films on offer for viewing indoors or out. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swimming

enatation - Escape by swimming. More...

butterfly stroke - In swimming, the stroke in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forward together. More...

shoal - A synonym for "school," referring to a large number of fish swimming together. More...

supernatant - Means "swimming on the surface." More...

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