Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

escarpment

Definition:(noun) A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
Synonyms:scarp
Usage: The basalt cliffs of the outside were reproduced upon the inside, forming an escarpment about two hundred feet high, with a woody slope beneath it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" verbs in a clause. Auxiliary verbs can be identified by two main criteria. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Cellophane

Cellophane is a thin, transparent sheet or tube of regenerated cellulose, which is the chief constituent of the cell walls of plants. It is used in packaging, as a membrane for dialysis, and can be moisture-proofed. Invented in 1908, cellophane is made by dissolving cellulose alkali, aging it, then regenerating it by forcing it through a slit into a dilute acid solution where it precipitates. Cellophane sales have dwindled because of the presence of what pollutant in its production process? More...
This Day in History

The Teton Dam Failure (1976)

On June 3, 1976, engineers noticed two small leaks in the earthen Teton Dam, built on Idaho's Teton River. Two days later, the newly created reservoir was filled for the first time, holding a large amount of runoff. Water began seeping out, and the major leak that followed caused the dam—which had been constructed on permeable and fissured rock—to collapse. The reservoir drained in less than six hours, flooding nearby towns and farmland. How many deaths are attributed to the Teton Dam failure? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887)

Benedict was an American anthropologist whose theories have had a profound influence on cultural anthropology. Her landmark text Patterns of Culture was published in 1934, at a time when her field was dominated by men. In it, she promotes cultural relativism—the assessment of cultural practices within their own cultural context. From a young age, she was fascinated with death and was drawn to studying how other cultures treat death. Whose "cult of grief" did Benedict despise? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

be on a rampage

To be causing great destruction, disruption, or chaos; to be behaving very violently or aggressively. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Liberation Day (2018)

Less than a year after gaining independence, a coup overthrew the government in Seychelles. Two major political parties had developed, the Seychelles Democratic Party (SDP) and the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP). James Mancham, the leader of the SDP party, which won the majority vote, became president, and France Albert René became prime minister. René's supporters led the overthrow and ousted Mancham on June 5, 1977, an event commemorated as a public holiday on Liberation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lady

buck party, stag party - A buck party, like a stag party, is one without ladies. More...

chatelaine - The lady or mistress of a household. More...

lady - From Old English hlaf, "loaf," and a Germanic base meaning "knead," it first literally meant "one who kneads bread." More...

madam - French, literally, "my lady." More...

In the News

Chimps Shed Light on How We Came to Cook

Chimpanzees and humans share some of the basic brain skills needed for cooking, a finding that may explain a turning point in the story of mankind, a study said Wednesday. Experiments at a chimp sanctuary suggest a common ancestor imparted ... More...
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