Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

mislay

Definition:(verb) Place (something) where one cannot find it again.
Synonyms:misplace, lose
Usage: I seem to have mislaid my wallet; can you put this on my tab?
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Conjugation

Conjugation refers to the way we inflect (change the form of) verbs to create particular meanings. We usually change a verb in order to reflect grammatical tense, but we can conjugate verbs to reflect what else ? More...
Article of the Day

Escape Velocity

A vital concept in rocket science, escape velocity is the minimum speed a body must achieve in order to escape from the gravitational field of a larger celestial body, such as Earth or the Sun. Escape velocity decreases with altitude and depends on the mass of the larger body and the distance of the smaller body from the larger one's center. The velocity needed to escape from the Earth at its surface is approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) per second. What is the escape velocity at the Sun's surface? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Embassy Cipher Clerk Igor Gouzenko Defects to Canada (1945)

Considered by some to be the first major international event of the Cold War, the defection of Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko radically transformed the way the West regarded and approached Soviet espionage. The authorities at first dismissed Gouzenko's reports of Stalin's efforts to steal nuclear secrets and of Soviet spy rings operating in Canada and the US, but he soon convinced them of the truth behind his allegations. The information he revealed helped lead to the apprehension of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Jesse James (1847)

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him to death in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite James's reputation as a murderous thief, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends. What became of Ford? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

say again

Could you please repeat what you just said? More...
Today's Holiday

Århus Festival (2018)

Since 1965 the Danish city of Århus has been the site of a nine-day festival, whose cultural and sporting events run the gamut from opera to fishing competitions. Queen Margrethe II traditionally gives the opening speech, followed by a performance by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Festival events include jazz, classical, and rock concerts, a cross-country race, public debates, children's programs, poetry readings, and theatrical productions. The program varies from year to year, but the events are always held in a variety of indoor and outdoor sites throughout the city. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: medical term

brainstorm - By the 1890s, it was a medical term for "mental explosion". More...

canities - The medical term for the graying or whitening of hair. More...

repercussion - First a medical term for "repressing an infection." More...

tension - Originally a medical term for the condition of being physically strained. More...

In the News

Astronauts use gauze, high-tech tape to plug hole on ISS

Using tape and a bit of epoxy-laced gauze, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have sealed a hole that had been causing a slow air leak from the station. NASA said that the station's cabin pressure, which had declined since the leak was ... More...
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