Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

figurine

Definition:(noun) A small molded or sculptured figure; a statuette.
Synonyms:statuette
Usage: She had all the delicate grace of that Tanagra figurine that you have in your studio, Basil.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Indicative Mood

The indicative mood is a type of grammatical mood used to express facts, statements, opinions, or questions. It is the sole realis mood in English. This mood can be used in the past, present, or future tense, and in what kinds of sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Sea Peoples

Sea Peoples, seafaring raiders who ravaged and settled the Mediterranean coasts between the 12th and 13th centuries BCE, are mentioned in a number of records from ancient civilizations. Scholars believe that the warriors were actually members of a confederacy of several ethnic groups, and a number of hypotheses exist regarding the identities and motives of the Sea Peoples. Which empire's decline is believed to have resulted from the activities of the Sea Peoples? More...
This Day in History

US Approves Antiretroviral Drug AZT as a Treatment for AIDS (1987)

Though it was originally developed as an anticancer drug in 1964, azidothymidine (AZT) was never approved for that purpose. Two decades later, however, it was discovered to be effective in fighting HIV. At the time, thousands of people were dying of AIDS, and no other treatment was forthcoming. For humanitarian reasons, the drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in a matter of months, rather than the usual eight to 10 years. How does the drug prevent HIV from reproducing? More...
Today's Birthday

Burrhus Frederic "B.F." Skinner (1904)

Forgoing his early goal of being a writer, Skinner earned his doctorate in psychology at Harvard, where he later spent much of his teaching career. A leading exponent of the behavioral approach to psychology, Skinner maintained that learning occurs as a result of an organism responding to, or operating on, its environment, a phenomenon he called operant conditioning. Skinner did extensive research with animals and, during WWII, worked for the US government training what animal to guide missiles? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

let it slip

To accidentally or inadvertently reveal a given secret or important piece of information. More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2021)

Independence Day is a public holiday in Tunisia commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punctuation

em dash, en dash - The em dash is the long dash used in punctuation whose length is based on the width of the letter M; the en dash is shorter (the width of an N) and the hyphen is even shorter. More...

punctual - From Latin punctum, "point," it can mean "pertaining to punctuation," or "of or relating to a point in space." More...

square brackets, parentheses, braces - Square brackets were formerly called crotchets, round brackets are commonly called parentheses, and curly brackets are called braces; the punctuation called brackets derives from the bookshelf type, implying that, in writing, these marks "lift up" a section of a sentence. More...

stigmeology - The art of punctuation. More...

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