Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

cavort

Definition:(verb) Play boisterously.
Synonyms:frisk, frolic, gambol, lark, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport, disport
Usage: The children cavorted in the water, splashing and ducking each other.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect Continuous for Interrupted Actions

The most common use of the past perfect continuous tense is to describe an action that was in progress in the past before another past action or event occurred. Can you identify the past perfect continuous in the following sentence? "I had been teaching English in Tokyo when the earthquake hit." More...
Article of the Day

Lipid Bilayers

Absolutely essential for all life on Earth, lipid bilayers are a critical component of all biological membranes, including cell membranes. They are composed of two layers of phospholipids—a class of fat-soluble molecules—positioned such that their hydrophilic, or water-absorbing, heads face outward, and their hydrophobic, or water-repelling, tails face inward, blocking entry of water and water-soluble material into the cell. Why is it important that lipid bilayers are asymmetrical? More...
This Day in History

First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club (1975)

In 1975, computer hobbyists in Silicon Valley, California, decided to meet regularly to exchange ideas. The first meeting took place in a garage. Members of the club would go on to become some of the most influential players in the burgeoning computer industry, including, most notably, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who formed their company the next year. What other giants of the industry were members of the Homebrew Computer Club during its early years? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658)

Originally of the minor Gascon nobility, Cadillac came to America in 1683 to seek his fortune. He became a favorite of the governor of New France, was placed in charge of a frontier post at Mackinac, and eventually proposed the creation of a new fort with a better strategic position against the English. With a band of colonists, he founded in 1701 what would become the city of Detroit. Ten years later, he was appointed governor of what vast French territory? More...
Quotation of the Day
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

make a wide stride

To make great and rapid progress or advancement. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Excited Insects (2018)

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shooting

biathlon - Consists of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. More...

off-hand - Meaning "at once, straightway," it probably originally referred to shooting without a rest or support; as "unpremeditated," it is attested to 1719. More...

potshot - Comes from shooting an animal purely for food (pot), rather than for simple conquest. More...

scope - First meant "target for shooting," from Greek skopos, "target." More...

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