Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

tartar

Definition:(noun) An incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums.
Synonyms:calculus, tophus
Usage: The dentist told me that I should brush and floss my teeth twice a day to help prevent the accumulation of tartar in my mouth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Third-Person Pronouns

Third person is used to talk about someone or something that is not the speaker and is not being directly addressed. Third person is most widely used in what type of writing? More...
Article of the Day

A Strange Loop

Proposed by cognitive scholar Douglas Hofstadter, the concept of a "strange loop" involves a paradox that arises when, by moving up or down through a hierarchical system, one finds oneself back at the initial starting point. Examples of such feedback loops in various media include the well known M. C. Escher lithograph Drawing Hands and the novelty song "I'm My Own Grandpa." Another conceptual example is the liar paradox, which is what? More...
This Day in History

Short-Lived Republic of Biafra Proclaimed (1967)

Biafra was composed of several Nigerian states heavily populated by the Igbo people—tens of thousands of whom has been massacred in Nigeria months earlier. After its secession, the breakaway state was attacked by air, land, and sea and gradually lost the territory under its control, including its crucial oil fields. More than one million civilians are thought to have died of starvation by the time Biafra surrendered in 1970. The nation took its name from the Bight of Biafra, which is what? More...
Today's Birthday

Elly Beinhorn-Rosemeyer (1907)

A contemporary of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart, German airwoman Elly Beinhorn-Rosemeyer began her flying career as a stunt pilot. She went on to make several daring solo flights and was awarded the Hindenburg Cup for her achievements. In 1936, she married racecar driver Bernd Rosemeyer, and the couple, allegedly with some reluctance, became darlings of the Nazi regime. Bernd was killed in a speed record attempt two years later. How had Elly survived a crash in the Sahara in 1931? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for 'em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must make a ball of yourself.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

not get anywhere

To make no progress at all; to be stuck or at an impasse. More...
Today's Holiday

Indian Arrival Day (2018)

The people of Trinidad and Tobago observe May 30 as Indian Arrival Day. This holiday honors the nation's citizens of Indian descent and acknowledges their contribution to the social and cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. In particular, it recalls the arrival of the first boats from India in 1845. Today the holiday is celebrated with reenactments of the arrival of the first ships bringing Indians to Trinidad, parades honoring the history of the nation's Indian citizens and their festivals, and various cultural events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pour

diffuse - Based on Latin diffundere, "pour out," from fundere, "pour," it means "to spread out." More...

geyser - From Icelandic Geysir, "hot spring," from Old Norse geysa, "pour or rush forth." More...

refund - First meant "pour back," and comes from Latin re- and fundere. More...

gluck, glug - Gluck or glug is the light repetitive gurgling sound of liquid being poured from a bottle. More...

In the News

A Newly Discovered Solar System Object Hints at Hidden Planet Nine

There might be a large planet lurking somewhere at the very edge of our solar system, and astronomers are hunting for it. While they have yet to find direct evidence of the planet, a recent discovery provides yet more indirect evidence that the planet ... More...
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