Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

pyrexia

Definition:(noun) Fever.
Synonyms:febricity, febrility, feverishness
Usage: His pyrexia made the doctors nervous, and they immersed him in a bath of ice water to bring down his body temperature.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Linking Verbs

Linking verbs (also known as copulas or copular verbs) are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. What is the most common linking verb? More...
Article of the Day

Follow the Lady

Known by a number of names, including Follow the Lady and Follow the Bee, three-card monte is a confidence game in which victims, or marks, are tricked into betting that they can find a certain card, such as the queen of spades, among three face-down playing cards. After showing the target card, the dealer often uses sleight of hand before rearranging the cards quickly and giving the player an opportunity to select one of the three cards. What happens if the mark unexpectedly finds the queen? More...
This Day in History

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)

England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called "macadamization." After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as "tarmac," short for "tarmacadam." What was the first macadam road in North America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. More...
Today's Holiday

Belize Independence Day (2018)

On September 21, 1981, Belize gained independence from Britain. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras and had been internally self-governing since 1965. Independence Day is a national public holiday in Belize. Celebrations begin more than a week before the 21st with dances, pageants, sporting events, and concerts, and culminate with parades and patriotic ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: womb

gestation - Literally the period during which unborn young are "carried" inside the womb—from Latin gerere, "carry" or "conduct." More...

lightening - A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy, as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis. More...

matrix - From Latin, meaning "breeding female," it originally was used for the uterus or womb, then for a supporting or enclosing structure. More...

uterus - From the Latin word meaning "belly, womb." More...

In the News

Hubble Catches a Comet Disintegrating into Oblivion

Comets are fantastic targets for scientific study. They stay chilly in their far-flung orbits, and the ancient masses of dirt, ice and rock contain relatively pristine materials from the earliest days of the solar system. But these dirty snowballs can't ... More...
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