Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

disburse

Definition:(verb) Expend, as from a fund.
Synonyms:pay out
Usage: The aid will not be disbursed until next year, so until then, the refugees will have to fend for themselves.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns are used in interrogative sentences to ask questions, functioning either as the subject or object of such sentences. Why is an interrogative pronoun easy to identify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

El Día de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead

In Mexico and parts of Central America, el Día de los Muertos, or "the Day of the Dead," is a time when families and friends gather to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Altars made of flowers, sugar skulls, and the favorite foods of the dead are often erected for the holiday, observed on the first two days of November to coincide with the Christian All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Scholars trace the origins of this holiday to an Aztec festival dedicated to what goddess? More...
This Day in History

The Berlin Wall Goes Up (1961)

After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin while control of West Berlin was split between the US, the UK, and France. From 1949 to 1961, more than 2 million East Germans fled to West Germany to escape Communist rule before the wall was built to stop the tide of defectors. First constructed of barbed wire and erected at night, the barrier was eventually replaced by a concrete structure studded with watchtowers manned by East German soldiers. What was the "Death Strip"? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Sanger (1918)

After earning his PhD at Cambridge University in 1943, British biochemist Frederick Sanger decided to continue conducting his research at his alma mater. He remained there for the entirety of his four-decade career, making discoveries about the structure of proteins, particularly insulin, as well as DNA sequencing that would earn him not one but two Nobel prizes. He is only the fourth person in history to have earned this distinction. Who are the other three two-time Nobel laureates? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

out there

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Somewhat unusual, unconventional, crazy, or eccentric. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Heroes' Day (2018)

To honor those members of the armed forces who gave their lives to defend Zimbabwe, the nation holds an annual day of remembrance for them on August 9. Celebrations are held at the National Heroes Acre in the capital city of Harare. Families of the dead lay wreaths on the graves, and the country's president visits each grave and speaks with the families. Young people march from the center of the city to the site, singing revolutionary songs as they march, and schoolchildren recite poems about revolutionary struggle. Similar ceremonies are held throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lay

lay - As in layperson, it derives from Greek laikos, "of the people"—as opposed to clerics. More...

nest egg - Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more. More...

lay, lie - To lay is to place something; to lie is to recline. More...

oviposit - To lay an egg. More...

In the News

This Is What Lunar Eclipses Can Teach Us About The Universe

During most total lunar eclipses, a partial eclipse is followed by a dark red taking over the Moon from one side, with one limb always remaining brighter and whiter than the other. The partial phases, combined with the apparent angular size of the Moon, enable ... More...
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