Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

annihilative

Definition:(adjective) Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction.
Synonyms:withering, devastating
Usage: The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Abstract Countable Nouns

Even though abstract nouns, such as "emergency" and "conversation," are not tangible, many of them can still be counted as separable units. Like concrete nouns, they can take the indefinite articles "a" or "an." Can they be made plural? More...
Article of the Day

Unit 731

Unit 731 was a covert biological and chemical warfare research unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that conducted lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. It was responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried out by Japanese personnel, including experimentation on more than 10,000 people, many of whom faced infection with diseases or invasive medical procedures while still alive. How did Unit 731 use bubonic plague as a bio-warfare agent? More...
This Day in History

International Geophysical Year Begins (1957)

Undertaken during a period of maximum sunspot activity, the International Geophysical Year (IGY) was an 18-month period of cooperation among the scientists of 67 nations for concentrated and coordinated geophysical study, primarily of the solar and terrestrial atmospheres. It produced scientific cooperation unimpeded by the Cold War and was the largest and most important international scientific effort to that date. What are some of the dozens of advances and discoveries achieved during the IGY? More...
Today's Birthday

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men's clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand's longtime lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

mooch off (of) (someone or something)

To ask for or obtain (something) through the charity of someone or something; to sponge off someone or something else. More...
Today's Holiday

Ghana Republic Day (2018)

Ghana's Republic Day celebration is one of the most striking in West Africa, due to the fact that the popular attire includes the brightly colored cloth known as the kenti. Men wear it draped over one shoulder and around the waist, while women may wear it as a long skirt. July 1 is the day on which Ghana became an independent republic in 1960. The people also celebrate March 6 as Independence Day—the day in 1957 when British rule ended and Ghana became the first state in the British Commonwealth to be governed by black Africans. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tide

billow - The swell on the ocean produced by the wind, or on a river or estuary by the tide or wind. More...

slack water, slack tide - Before any turn of the tide, there is a time of slack water or slack tide. More...

happy as a clam - Originally happy-as-a-clam-at-full-tide; it may refer to the fact that when the tide is full, nobody is digging clams. More...

tidy - Comes from tide, which in Old English meant "time period"; its original meaning was "timely, opportune." More...

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In the News

Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

A hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate. This enduring scenario is probably what many of us have stuck in ... More...
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