Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

buffoon

Definition:(noun) A person given to clowning and joking.
Synonyms:merry andrew, clown, goof, goofball
Usage: At a country fair there was a buffoon who made all the people laugh by imitating the cries of various animals.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Interrogative Sentences

Negative interrogative sentences (sometimes called interro-negative sentences) are interrogative sentences that are made negative. How are these sentences constructed? More...
Article of the Day

The Red Imported Fire Ant

Accidentally introduced into the US in the 1930s from its native S America, the red imported fire ant (RIFA) is an invasive ant species that has since spread to Asia and Australia. These resilient, aggressive pests possess a painful sting and build mounds that can destroy crops. US officials estimate that the ants cause more than $5 billion in damages annually. While RIFA stings are rarely life-threatening to humans, the insects are responsible for at least 80 deaths. What causes them to swarm? More...
This Day in History

First Passenger Elevator Installed (1857)

Elevators—in one form or another—have been used to make human life easier since ancient times. They were once just simple hoists but are now incredibly complex mechanical systems. One of the most significant advances came in 1853 with the invention of a safety device to prevent elevators from plummeting in the event of cable failure. Four years later, the first passenger elevator was installed, paving the way for taller buildings and the urban geography of modern cities. Where was it installed? More...
Today's Birthday

Emmy Noether (1882)

After Noether died, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times that she was "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began." Her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics were groundbreaking, evidenced by the inclusion of her name in several concepts, including "Noether's Theorem," "Noetherian module," "Noetherian ring," and "Noetherian induction." Where were her ashes buried? More...
Quotation of the Day
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make the welkin ring

To make a very loud, reverberating sound or noise. ("Welkin" is an archaic or literary word for the skies or the heavens, only used in contemporary English as a part of this phrase.) More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day (2018)

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: orchestra

wind band - A band of wind instruments or a collective term for the wind instruments of an orchestra. More...

first chair - The premier musician playing a particular instrument in an orchestra—seated closest to the audience, taking the lead for that instrument's movements, and playing any solos. More...

first violin - Leads the orchestra and plays notes in a higher range than second violins; parts for the first violin usually have more of the main tune and are technically more difficult to play. More...

orchestra - The earliest senses of orchestra were "the semicircular area for the chorus to dance in an ancient Greek theatre" and the art of dancing itself (from Greek orkheisthai, "to dance"). More...

In the News

Spider Venom May Offer Stroke Therapy

A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed "great promise as a future stroke treatment" but had not ... More...
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