Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

crass

Definition:(adjective) So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
Synonyms:unrefined
Usage: Jenny's mother was horrified by the crass behavior of the young man whom her daughter had befriended.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. We also often include durations of time to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. Can you identify the future perfect in the following sentence? "This June, I will have lived in New York for four years." More...
Article of the Day

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love, first published as a book in 1877. Tolstoy's style, praised by Nabokov and Dostoevsky, is considered by many critics to represent a bridge between the realist and modernist novels. Its seventh section is, in particular, one of the earliest examples of stream-of-consciousness literature. Many critics believe that which character reflects Tolstoy's own beliefs and struggles? More...
This Day in History

Secretariat Wins the Triple Crown (1973)

Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat was the first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that still stand today. In fact, in the 40 years since, only one Derby winner has even come close to matching Secretariat's time of 1:59.40. Secretariat advanced from last to first to win the Preakness and won the Belmont Stakes by an unprecedented 31 lengths. What controversy arose regarding the time calculations of the 1973 Preakness? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836)

Anderson was the first licensed female physician, as well as the first female mayor, in England. Denied admission by many medical schools, she studied privately with physicians before finally earning a license from the Scottish Society of Apothecaries. Largely as a result of her efforts, British examining boards later opened their examinations to women. Anderson championed the idea of medical care by female doctors for female patients. What was her New Hospital for Women later renamed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

on the upswing

Showing or experiencing a noticeable or conspicuous increase, improvement, or expansion. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda National Heroes Day (2018)

Uganda National Heroes Day honors all those who sacrificed themselves to better the lives of the Ugandan people. Unfortunately, the holiday is one of the most divisive days in the Ugandan year. What constitutes a hero, and who specifically should be honored, are matters of debate in the country. Many of the heroes officially recognized by the government are fallen soldiers who died during Uganda's civil war in the 1980s; some citizens have argued for remembering less controversial heroes, such as the Ugandan doctor who detected a deadly Ebola outbreak before it spread. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thrust

thrust - Borrowed from Old Norse thrysta, "compress, thrust." More...

foin - To make a thrust or lunge with a pointed weapon. More...

contrude - To push, thrust, or crowd together. More...

extrude - Its Latin base is trudere, "thrust." More...

In the News

Scientists Grow New Limb in a Lab

A rat in Boston received what scientists are calling the first lab-engineered replacement limb. The "bio-artificial" rat forelimb is the result of a research experiment published online in the journal Biomaterials. Starting with the framework of a donor limb, ... More...
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