Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

biennial

Definition:(adjective) Happening every second year.
Synonyms:biyearly
Usage: They met at the biennial convention and lamented the fact that they would not see each other until the next meeting two years later.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, we simply use the words "most" or "least" to make the superlative degree. What words are added to adverbs ending in "-ly" to create the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

Drifting

Drifting is a motorsport in which drivers deliberately oversteer their cars, sending them sideways through a series of turns. A car is said to be "drifting" when its front wheels are pointing in the direction opposite a given turn, creating an angle between the direction of travel and the direction the wheels are facing. Modern drifting began over 30 years ago as a racing technique popular in Japan. It has since evolved into a competitive sport in which drivers are judged based on what criteria? More...
This Day in History

US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (1945)

After Germany surrendered in May 1945, the Allied forces focused on ending the war in the Pacific. Japan refused to surrender, dismissing the Allies' vows to devastate the country. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the first ever dropped on a populated area. At least 130,000 people were killed, injured, or declared missing, and 90 percent of the city was leveled by the blast. Another atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. When did Japan surrender? More...
Today's Birthday

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848)

Born into slavery, Taylor was secretly—and illegally—educated during her childhood. As a young woman, she served as a Union army nurse during the American Civil War. She became the first African American to openly teach former slaves in Georgia and the first African-American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers. How did she end up with Union troops in the first place? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) other half

One's spouse, romantic partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

British Columbia Day (2018)

British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, joins several other communities in holding a civil holiday on the first Monday in August. For local residents, this day honors the pioneers who established the colony of British Columbia in the 19th century. There are a number of events that take place in the province's capital, Victoria, but the most popular is the "Symphony Splash," an annual performance of modern and classical music by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Held on a barge on the city's Inner Harbor, the concert draws thousands of tourists and locals. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vigor

vim, vigor - Vim is the same as vigor. More...

bouncing - In bouncing baby, it means "vigorous." More...

feckful - Means "efficient, vigorous," or "powerful." More...

macho, machismo - Macho is from Mexican Spanish, meaning "male animal or plant" or "masculine, vigorous"—from Latin masculus, "male"; machismo (pronounced mah-CHEEZ-mo) is based on macho. More...

In the News

NASA Has a Job Opening for Someone to Defend Earth from Aliens — and It Pays a Six-Figure Salary

NASA is hiring a planetary protection officer with a salary of up to $187,000. The job was created after the signing of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Planetary protection officers are hired to make sure humans don't contaminate planets, moons, and ... More...
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