Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

editorialist

Definition:(noun) A journalist who writes editorials.
Synonyms:columnist
Usage: He grew so weary of armchair-general editorialists that he stopped reading the Op-Ed pages altogether and picked up a book on political theory.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Concrete Countable Nouns

Many concrete nouns are countable, such as "cup," "dog," and "doctor." Each of these can be considered as an individual, separable item, which means that we are able to count them with numbers. We can also use them with indefinite articles. What are the two indefinite articles in English? More...
Article of the Day

Karaoke

Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which amateur performers sing songs using pre-recorded music, was popularized by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s. Inoue invented a coin-operated music player in 1971 after fans requested recordings of his performances—they wanted to sing along with the music on a company retreat. He never patented the karaoke technology and thus forfeited a potential fortune. What song has been banned at many bars in the Philippines for causing too many fights? More...
This Day in History

First Treaties of Utrecht Signed (1713)

Lasting from 1701 to 1714, the War of the Spanish Succession was brought to a close with two series of treaties signed in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The first series was signed between France and other European powers, specifically Britain, the Dutch Republic, Prussia, Portugal, and Savoy. Among other concessions, France agreed to cede various territories and recognize Queen Anne as the British sovereign. After concluding these treaties, France still remained at war with what empire? More...
Today's Birthday

Percy Lavon Julian (1899)

Julian was an African-American chemist and a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. Due to the institutional racism of the time, Julian was forced to overcome enormous obstacles to obtain his PhD and was repeatedly denied opportunities for employment and academic tenure. His home in Illinois was firebombed. Nevertheless, he developed an important fire-fighting foam from soy protein and revolutionized the synthetic hormone industry, making possible what treatments? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. More...
Today's Holiday

Juan Santamaría Day (2018)

Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero in Costa Rica. The country had been threatened in 1856 by William Walker, an American imperialist who planned to conquer Central America and use its citizens for slave labor. Santamaría, a 19-year-old drummer boy from the town of Alajeula, was part of the makeshift militia that fought off Walker's forces. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, and marching bands throughout the country, with the biggest celebrations in Alajuela. The official holiday is on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría's death. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorance

agnosy, agnoiology - Agnosy is another word for ignorance and agnoiology is the study of human ignorance. More...

ignotism - A mistake due to ignorance. More...

nescience, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance." More...

sophomoric - Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word. More...

In the News

World's Brightest X-Ray to Get 10000 Times Brighter

The world’s most powerful X-ray is getting a major overhaul, courtesy of the Department of Energy. On Monday, construction began on adding a second X-ray laser beam to the already-powerful Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The additional laser will ... More...
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