Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

tractable

Definition:(adjective) Easily managed or controlled; governable.
Synonyms:manipulable
Usage: I felt him become suddenly tractable again like an animal, like a good-tempered horse when the object that scares him is removed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Irregular Verbs

Irregular verbs, by their very definition, do not have spelling rules that we can follow to create the past simple tense and past participles. This means that the only way of knowing how to spell these forms is to memorize them for each irregular verb individually. What are some examples of irregular verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Space-Time

In physics, space-time is a four-dimensional continuum consisting of three dimensions in space and one dimension in time. This mathematical model, which is an integral part of Einstein's relativity theory, combines space and time into a single continuum that allows physicists to more uniformly describe the workings of the universe. The merger of space and time is often represented as a measure of distance expressed in units of time. What novelists have referenced the topic of space-time? More...
This Day in History

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" (1901)

While speaking at the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt used the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Four days later, President McKinley was shot, and, after McKinley died on the 14th, Roosevelt became president. The statement he made in Minnesota became forever associated with his foreign policy of backing up negotiations with implicit military might, and political cartoons often portrayed him toting the proverbial stick. What is the rest of the saying? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Soddy (1877)

Working with Ernest Rutherford, Soddy developed a theory of the disintegration of radioactive elements. In 1912, the British chemist was among the first to conclude that elements might exist in chemically indistinguishable forms—now known as isotopes—of different atomic weights. In his 1920 book Science and Life, he described the use of isotopes in determining geologic age. He later applied his scientific background to economic theories. What H.G. Wells novel was inspired by his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be (one's) last resort

To be the only remaining thing or person that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. More...
Today's Holiday

Cherokee National Holiday (2017)

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the establishment of the Cherokee Nation. There is a rodeo, a native dance competition, a powwow, and a parade with colorful floats and Cherokees in ceremonial dress. Native American arts and crafts are on display, and visitors can sample Native American foods. Games and sports at the festival include a golf tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a cornstalk shoot, a blowgun shoot, and a traditional Indian marble game. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: puzzle

rebus - A puzzle in which one must decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words. More...

puzzle - Comes from Old French opposaile, "thing set before one," "bewildering thing"; as a verb, it first meant "be beset by difficulties." More...

cabobble - To mystify, puzzle, or confuse. More...

word search - A puzzle consisting of letters arranged in a grid which contains a number of hidden words written in various directions. More...

In the News

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone and Meaning of Words

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them. That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs ... More...
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