Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

spongy

Definition:(adjective) Easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility.
Synonyms:squishy, squashy
Usage: I like nothing better than butter on a slice of freshly baked, spongy white bread.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Vertical Lists

While using numbers or letters can help to better organize a list, it can also result in rather long, clunky sentences. In many cases where numbers or letters are necessary, writers often prefer to structure their lists "vertically." What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Bronze Diabetes

Also known as bronze diabetes, hemochromatosis is a blood disorder that causes the body to retain excessive amounts of iron, leading to serious health consequences, including diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. It was first described in 1865 by French physician Armand Trousseau in a report on diabetes in patients with bronze skin pigmentation. The disease most commonly appears in older patients, since it takes many years for the body to accumulate excessive iron. How is hemochromatosis treated? More...
This Day in History

Double Eagle II Becomes First Balloon to Cross the Atlantic (1978)

By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle I in 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their successful flight, the trio drew straws to determine who would get to sleep in a bed at the US Embassy once slept in by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcus Garvey (1887)

Garvey was a Jamaican-born American proponent of black nationalism. His Universal Negro Improvement Association, established in 1914 to promote racial pride, quickly spread in black communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Central America, and Garvey became the most influential black leader of the early 1920s, with a following some two million strong. However, his movement foundered after his 1922 indictment for mail fraud. What religious movement considers Garvey one of its prophets? More...
Quotation of the Day
It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared ... You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

Idiom of the Day

peg it

To leave or depart very quickly or suddenly. More...
Today's Holiday

Chilseog (2018)

Chilseog is the Korean version of the Seven Sisters Festival, based on a Chinese legend about two stars known as the Herdsman and the Spinning Maiden. The Herdsman star, located in the Aquila constellation, and the Spinning Maiden star, Vega in the Lyra constellation, are in love but can only meet once a year—on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, when crows and magpies form a bridge across the heavenly river, as the Milky Way is called. On this night it is customary for young Korean women to pray for celestial assistance in sewing and to honor the stars by penning verse about them. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pond

lake - First meant pool or pond. More...

nursery - Can be a pond in which fry are reared. More...

tank - May have come from Gujarati tanku, or Marathi tanke, "underground cistern," from Sanskrit tadaga, "pond." More...

pond - To pond is to accumulate water in a pond, which is really a small lake. More...

In the News

They Thought Hemophilia Was a 'Lifelong Thing.' They May Be Wrong

Scientists are edging closer to defeating a longtime enemy of human health: hemophilia, the inability to form blood clots. After trying for decades to develop a gene therapy to treat this disease, researchers are starting to succeed. In recent experiments, brief ... More...
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