Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

dilatation

Definition:(noun) The state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions.
Synonyms:distention
Usage: He suffered from severe dilatation of the stomach, an abdominal swelling that left him writhing in pain.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. When we make sentences into questions, we almost always use auxiliary verbs that are inverted with the subject. What is this known as? More...
Article of the Day

Hydras

Hydras are simple freshwater organisms found in temperate and tropical regions. They are especially interesting to biologists because they undergo morphallaxis when injured, regenerating new body parts to replace dead or damaged tissue. When a hydra is severed in two, for example, its segments reorganize to form two fully functional, independent hydras. Some evidence suggests that hydras are unique among animals in that they do not experience senescence, meaning they do not undergo what process? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)

The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? More...
Today's Birthday

John Jay (1745)

Though Jay initially deplored the growing conflict between Britain and its American colonies, he became a staunch supporter of the revolution once it began. He was heavily involved in early US government and urged ratification of the Constitution. He served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, among other posts. Today considered one of the "Founding Fathers," Jay once joked that he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies after he had done what? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

be still in the game

To remain a contender for success despite setbacks or difficulties. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (2020)

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, and on December 12 thousands of pilgrims flock to her shrine at the famous Church of Guadalupe outside Mexico City. On the evening of December 11, crowds have already gathered for singing and special ceremonies at midnight, which are carried on national television. This great religious festival commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill, north of present-day Mexico City. The story is reenacted in a puppet show each year, and relics of Our Lady of Guadalupe are sold in the streets. 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...

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