Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 31, 2016)
Word of the Day

compunction

Definition:(noun) A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt.
Synonyms:remorse, self-reproach
Usage: This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly without the least apparent compunction or repentance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Commonly Paired Adjectives and Prepositions

There are no definite rules when it comes to combining adjectives with prepositions. What is the best way to learn correct adjective and preposition combinations? More...
Article of the Day

Parahumans

Once solely a concept of science-fiction, the parahuman, or human-animal hybrid, has recently entered the realm of reality. Efforts to combine genes from different species for medical and industrial purposes are now fairly common. Though such research could prove useful for the production of drugs and transplant-ready organs, it has raised numerous ethical, moral, and legal issues. Have scientists created human-animal hybrid embryos? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents Kinetoscope in the US (1897)

Developed by Edison's assistant, W.K.L. Dickson, the kinetoscope was a precursor to the modern motion-picture projector. It works through a phenomenon known as "persistence of vision," in which a sequence of images creates the illusion of motion. Initially, Edison hoped to synchronize the images with sound, but he was unable to achieve this. The kinetoscope was designed to be viewed by one person at a time. Why did Edison supposedly balk at the idea of projecting films before larger audiences? More...
Today's Birthday

Commodus (161 CE)

The son of Marcus Aurelius, Commodus was a Roman emperor who ruled from 180 to 192 CE—a period some historians consider the beginning of the empire's decline. Though his reign was fairly peaceful, Commodus was a tyrant who spent lavishly on gladiatorial combats, persecuted the Senate, and tried to rename Rome after himself. He fancied himself a gladiator, frequently killing exotic animals. His mistress and advisors had him strangled. He considered himself the reincarnation of what mythical hero? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) huckleberry

dated To be well or perfectly suited to someone's job, need, or purpose. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Onam (2020)

Onam is a harvest festival and a celebration of ancient King Mahabali in the state of Kerala in India. It is Kerala's biggest festival, lasting 10 days and featuring dancing, feasting, and displays of elaborately designed carpets of flowers. It's famous for the races of the so-called snake boats held at Champakulam, Aranmulai, and Kottayam. King Mahabali, who was sent into exile in the nether world when gods grew jealous of him, is allowed to return to his people once a year; the boat races, cleaned homes, carpets of flowers, clapping dances by girls, and other events are the welcome for him. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivia

factlet - A piece of trivia. More...

inconsequentia - Trifling facts or trivia. More...

nugae - Trifles or trivia. More...

trivia - Derives from Latin tri, "three" and via, "ways." In Roman times, at the intersection of any three streets were kiosks where information was posted for travelers, but which was totally ignored by the citizens—a possible source of its modern meaning; trivia is actually plural and should take "these" instead of "this" (etc.). More...

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