Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

vesicle

Definition:(noun) A small sac or cyst, especially one containing fluid.
Synonyms:cyst
Usage: All living things have much in common, in their chemical composition, their germinal vesicles, and their laws of growth and reproduction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Multiple Prepositional Phrases

Sentences can (and often do) have more than one prepositional phrase. How can you tell what kind of prepositional phrase each one is? More...
Article of the Day

Tracer Ammunition

Used in machine guns since World War I, tracer ammunition contains modified bullets packed with a pyrotechnic charge that ignites upon firing, illuminating the bullets. This technology enables a shooter to check a bullet's trajectory and adjust his or her aim accordingly. Since the tracer path can also betray a shooter's position, many modern tracers are designed to become visible only once they have traveled a set distance. Why were tracers especially useful against Zeppelins in World War I? More...
This Day in History

9-Month-Old Mary Stuart Is Crowned "Queen of Scots" (1543)

When King James V of Scotland died in 1542, his two sons had already died in infancy and his only surviving child—a daughter—was just a week old. The infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned nine months later in an elaborate coronation at Stirling Castle, where she would spend her early years. Laden with regal robes, the tiny sovereign cried throughout the entire ceremony. Soon thereafter, King Henry VIII of England attacked Scotland in an attempt to force what to happen to Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828)

Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Considered one of the world's greatest writers, he is perhaps most famous for his masterpieces, War and Peace, a vast prose epic of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, and Anna Karenina, about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love. Tolstoy was an anarchist and disapproved of all organizations based on the premise of force, including the government and the church. How many characters are there in War and Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lay (oneself) out

To put in a great deal of effort; to inconvenience oneself or go through a lot of trouble. More...
Today's Holiday

Yellow Daisy Festival (2017)

The Yellow Daisy Festival is a tribute to a rare flower, the yellow daisy, that blooms on Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. They were discovered in 1846 by missionary Thomas Porter, who sent a specimen to noted botanist Asa Gray for identification. The only other place in the United States the yellow daisy has been identified is California, but there the plant is larger and woodier. The festival, held since 1969 at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, offers tours to view the daisy and much more: one of the South's largest arts and crafts shows, live music, and children's activities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: row

windbreak - A row of trees acting as a fence. More...

acrostic - From Greek akron, "end," and stikhos, "row, line of verse." More...

queue - Has the forms queued and queuing or queueing; queueing has five vowels in a row. More...

row - The verb comes from Germanic ro-, "steer," and row, "orderly line," which is from Germanic raigwa. More...

In the News

Timing Twin Deliveries to Avoid Stillbirths

Women pregnant with twins need to time delivery just right, a research review suggests. They need to minimize the risks that come with early arrivals yet still avoid the risk of stillbirths, which rises the longer multiples stay in the womb, the researchers ... More...
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