Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

enervating

Definition:(adjective) Causing debilitation.
Synonyms:debilitative, enfeebling, weakening
Usage: The air of the place, so fresh in the spring and early summer, was stagnant and enervating now.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Ask for Permission

The modal verb "may" is very commonly used to express or ask for permission to do something. While "may" is considered the most polite and formally correct option when asking for permission, what other modal verbs can be used? More...
Article of the Day

The Swiss Cheese Model of Accident Causation

When negative circumstances align, accidents happen—that's what British psychologist James T. Reason asserts with his Swiss Cheese model of accident causation, a model used in the risk analysis and risk management of human systems. Essentially, the model, which has been applied to healthcare, aviation safety, and emergency service organizations, states that a system produces a failure when all of its "holes" momentarily line up. What are the four levels of failure set forth by Reason? More...
This Day in History

Falklands War: Argentine Forces Surrender to the British (1982)

Both Argentina and Britain had long claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean when, despite ongoing negotiations, Argentina invaded the islands with 10,000 troops in April 1982. About 250 British soldiers and about 700 Argentines died before Argentina surrendered, ending the undeclared, 74-day war. The defeat discredited Argentina's military government and helped lead to the restoration of civilian rule in 1983. Who claims sovereignty over the islands today? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928)

Guevara was a Latin American revolutionary who developed guerrilla warfare as a tool for revolution. Born in Argentina, Guevara traveled widely as a medical student and became convinced that only violent revolt would end the poverty he witnessed. He joined the Cuban Revolution and became one of Fidel Castro's most trusted aides before leaving to foster revolutions elsewhere. He was killed in 1967 while directing a guerrilla movement in Bolivia. What is the meaning of Guevara's nickname, "Che"? More...
Quotation of the Day
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

meet (someone's) expectations

To be as good as or have the qualities that someone predicted, expected, or hoped for. More...
Today's Holiday

Flag Day (United States) (2018)

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, but it didn't become official until 1949. This occurred as a result of a campaign by Bernard J. Cigrand and the American Flag Day Association. It is observed across the country by displaying the American flag on homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this day include flag-raising ceremonies, the singing of the national anthem, and the study of flag etiquette and the flag's origin and meaning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: strawberries

strawberry friend - A freeloader, one who visits only when the strawberries are ready for picking. More...

small fruits - Currants, raspberries, strawberries, etc. More...

soft fruit - Fruit that grows on bushes, such as berries, strawberries and currants, as contrasted with top fruit. More...

strawberry - Got its name because the plant "strews" its runners along the ground; its seeds are actually individual fruits and it is termed an aggregate fruit. More...

In the News

Researchers Develop Blood Test to Detect Early-Stage Alzheimer's

Researchers say they've developed a blood test that detects an early stage of Alzheimer's disease with “unparalleled accuracy.” The test, developed by researchers at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Durin Technologies, Inc., was ... More...
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