Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

ethereal

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy.
Synonyms:gossamer
Usage: The birdwatchers longed to see the smallest and most ethereal of birds but found only a family of common pigeons.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Conjugate "Be"

The verb "be" is unique among verbs for having a huge variety of conjugations. Not only does it have irregular inflections for the past simple tense and past participle, but it also has specific forms depending on what two things? More...
Article of the Day

The Natufian Culture

The Natufian culture existed in the Mediterranean region of the Levant between 14,560 and 11,560 years ago and was unique in that its members established permanent settlements prior to the development of agriculture. While the Natufians were hunter-gatherers, some evidence suggests that they began to cultivate cereals after a sudden climate change threatened their naturally occurring food sources. Natufian sites contain the earliest archaeological evidence of the domestication of what animal? More...
This Day in History

Alexis St. Martin Becomes Medical Marvel (1822)

In 1822, St. Martin, a Canadian fur trapper, was accidentally shot with a musket at close range, leaving a fist-sized hole in his stomach. Dr. William Beaumont, a US Army surgeon, saved his life. However, the wound never healed properly, and the small hole that remained enabled Beaumont to experiment on digestion by inserting and removing food to study the effects of gastric juices. Why, when St. Martin died at age 86, did his family wait to bury him until his body began to decompose? More...
Today's Birthday

William Thomas Cosgrave (1880)

Cosgrave was the first prime minister of the Irish Free State, which was created following a 1921 treaty with Britain. Serving from 1922 to 1932, he was able to maintain a democratic government despite several crises and the tensions related to the Irish struggle for sovereignty. Cosgrave was elected to British Parliament in 1918 but protested British rule by refusing to take his seat. Two years earlier, his role in the Easter Rising of 1916 earned him a death sentence. How did he avoid it? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it—this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

on in years

Advanced in age; old or becoming old. More...
Today's Holiday

South Korea Memorial Day (2018)

South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) has designated June 6 as a national holiday to honor soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives for their country during the Korean War, 1950-1953.The main ceremony of remembrance is held at the National Cemetery in the capital city, Seoul. Throughout the country, officials and citizens pray and lay flowers at the graves of the war dead. Citizens display the flag of South Korea, which is called Tae-guk-gi, on the front doors of their homes to commemorate the civilians and soldiers who died in war. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tobacco

blend - A combination of different types or grades of fabric, spirits, tea, tobacco, etc. More...

tabac - A color, from the French for tobacco. More...

cud, quid - The etymological base of cud appears to be "glutinous substance"; quid—"piece of tobacco for chewing"—is a variant of cud. More...

petunia - It is related to the tobacco plant, hence its name, from Portuguese petum, "tobacco." More...

In the News

Curiosity Rover Finds Its Crater Was Habitable for 700 Million Years

Gale Crater, the site being explored by the Curiosity rover, was chosen as a landing site because its structure and composition suggested that it might preserve information about Mars' past. And, as Curiosity's climbed the slopes of the crater's central ... More...
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