Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

fungicide

Definition:(noun) A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.
Synonyms:antifungal, antimycotic
Usage: Dr. Johnson prescribed a fungicide to treat her patient's athlete's foot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Irregular Adverbs

Irregular adverbs are adverbs that are not formed from standard English spelling conventions. Because they do not follow the "rules," there is no trick to using them: you simply have to memorize them. "Fast" and "good" are examples of irregular adverbs. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

Mautam: Rat Raid

Mautam is the name of the cyclic phenomenon that occurs every 48 years in the Indian state of Mizoram. During this period, the flowering of a species of bamboo is invariably followed by a subsequent boom in the population of bandicoot rats, which feast on the bamboo seeds. However, once they exhaust the temporarily abundant food supply, they turn their attention to cultivated crops, raiding granaries and fields, leading to famine. How did officials prepare for Mautam in 2006? More...
This Day in History

Nelson's Pillar Destroyed by Explosion in Dublin (1966)

Built in 1808 and towering over the center of Dublin, Ireland, Nelson's Pillar was a massive monument to Horatio Nelson, Britain's most famous naval hero. It was controversial from the start. In 1966, Irish Republican Army members destroyed the pillar with a bomb. Irish Army engineers then removed the pillar's pedestal with a controlled explosion, which is said to have caused more damage than the original blast. The head of the statue was later stolen from storage. Where did it end up? More...
Today's Birthday

Konstantinos Karamanlis (1907)

One of the most important political figures in the history of modern Greece, Karamanlis helped rebuild Greece's economy while serving in various posts after WWII. Chosen as prime minister in 1955, he formed a government and a new conservative party, the National Radical Union. In 1960, he established an independent republic on Cyprus to ease tensions with Britain and Turkey over the island. He resigned in 1963 and lived in exile in Paris until 1974. What finally brought him back to Greece? More...
Quotation of the Day
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

make as though

To behave as if; to pretend or make it appear that. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day (2018)

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In Great Britain and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, etc., in praise of women. In the former U.S.S.R., women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whiskey

ardent spirits - Strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin. More...

bourbon - Named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, an American whiskey made from at least 51 percent corn, plus other grains (all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon); whiskey is an alcoholic liquor distilled from grain, such as corn, rye, or barley, and contains approximately 40 to 50 percent ethyl alcohol by volume. More...

scat - Slang for whiskey. More...

brand name - The term originated with whiskey, as the producers branded their names on the barrels. More...

In the News

Human brain still active minutes after heart stops beating, new research finds

Neurologists studying the brains of nine patients as they died have found surprising information about what happens to your brain after it dies. According to the new study, death is marked by a final wave of electrical activity in our brains called ... More...
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