Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

face-off

Definition:(noun) A hostile disagreement face-to-face.
Synonyms:confrontation, encounter, showdown
Usage: The relationship between the two officers deteriorated until they had a noisy face-off at the chief's office.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Two Reciprocal Pronouns

The two reciprocal pronouns in English are "each other" and "one another." In more traditional grammar, "each other" is used to identify only two people who are engaged in the mutual action, while "one another" describes how many people? More...
Article of the Day

Fermentation

Fermentation is the process by which a living cell obtains energy by breaking down simple sugars and other molecules without using oxygen. It occurs in different chemical sequences in different species of organisms. In alcoholic fermentation, known to humans for at least 7,000 years, the glucose molecule is degraded to two molecules of the two-carbon alcohol, ethanol, and to two molecules of carbon dioxide. What serious illness can result from eating fermented food? More...
This Day in History

Doctorate in Philosophy Awarded to a Woman for the First Time (1678)

Born to a noble Venetian family, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in philosophy. A child prodigy, Piscopia went on to complete a brilliant course of study at the University of Padua. During her graduation ceremony, she spoke in classical Latin for an hour, explaining passages from Aristotle. She spent the next several years devoted to study and charity before dying of tuberculosis at age 38. How many languages did she master before receiving her doctorate? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Culliford, AKA Peyo (1928)

Born Pierre Culliford, Belgian comics artist Peyo is known for creating Les Schtroumpfs, better known to English speakers as The Smurfs. The little, blue characters debuted in a supporting role in Peyo's series Johan and Peewit and then began appearing on their own in 1959. Smurf merchandise, particularly figurines, along with animated films and television shows, helped their popularity soar, and the Smurfs became an international phenomenon. How did Peyo get his pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a mixed picture

A portrayal of a situation highlighting both positive and negative aspects of its nature or status. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Independence Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates Mozambique's independence from Portugal, attained on this day in 1975 after 10 years of warfare and nearly half a century of Portuguese rule. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: olive oil

factory - Originally a place where traders did their business in another country, based on Latin factorium, "an oil press" (for olive oil). More...

oil - From Latin oleum, from Greek elaion, "olive oil; other oily substance." More...

salmagundi - First a dish of chopped meat and eggs, highly seasoned and served with lemon juice and olive oil. More...

amurca - Sediment in olive oil. More...

In the News

Cockroach Robot Squeezes Though Cracks

While researchers hope this robot won't be crawling around your kitchen floor, they do think a new cockroach-inspired bot will be able to slip through tiny cracks to find people buried in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Dubbed “veloci-roach,” the crawling ... More...
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