Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

nectary

Definition:(noun) A glandlike organ, located outside or within a flower, that secretes nectar.
Synonyms:honey gland
Usage: Deep in the Amazon, we came across a species of flower sporting a nectary larger than any we had ever seen.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Irregular Verbs

Irregular verbs, by their very definition, do not have spelling rules that we can follow to create the past simple tense and past participles. This means that the only way of knowing how to spell these forms is to memorize them for each irregular verb individually. What are some examples of irregular verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Apple Cider

Apple cider is a non-alcoholic drink made from pressing apples, and differs from conventional apple juice in its tart taste and cloudy appearance. It is made from a blend of apples, and each mill keeps its blend secret. Especially popular in the US and Canada, cider is typically best in late autumn. In the US, fermented apple cider is known as hard cider. Hot, or mulled, cider is a popular cider variation, and consists of heated cider and spices. What is the risk of drinking unpasteurized cider? More...
This Day in History

Paddy Roy Bates Founds His Own Nation (1967)

The Principality of Sealand is a purported micronation located on Roughs Tower, a World War II-era British sea fort located in the North Sea six miles (10 km) off the coast of Suffolk, England. Since 1966, the installation has been occupied by the associates and family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major and pirate radio broadcaster who claimed it as a sovereign and independent state in 1967. What is the international community's position on the fort's status as a sovereign nation? More...
Today's Birthday

Christa McAuliffe (1948)

McAuliffe, a high school history teacher, was among the seven crew members killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded soon after its launch in 1986. She had been selected to be the first civilian in space from a field of more than 11,000 applicants to NASA's Teacher in Space program, and she was slated to teach two lessons during the flight. In 2004, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. What happened to the teacher chosen as McAuliffe's backup? More...
Quotation of the Day
The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace, only because I had not fathomed its deeper import.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

be put out of business

To be caused or forced to cease carrying on commercial trading or transactions. More...
Today's Holiday

Bumbershoot (2018)

Bumbershoot is the premier festival of Seattle, Washington, held since 1971 and now a wide-ranging round-up of many arts. Bumbershoot is slang for umbrella, and the festival is supposed to be an umbrella for the arts; the word also calls to mind Seattle's rainy climate. In recent years, Bumbershoot attractions have included Japanese Kabuki theater, Russian rock, robot art, flamenco dancing, and readings by contemporary writers. It is a gallimaufry of music, dance, theater, visual and literary arts, children's activities, food, and crafts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: taught

academy - Came from Akademos, the man or demigod for whom Plato's garden, where he taught, was named. More...

pedagogue - A Roman slave who took children to school and on outings, but also taught them—from Greek ped, "child," and agein, "to lead." More...

recant - Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. More...

doctor, physician - Doctor is derived from Latin doctus, "having been taught; learned," from docere, "to teach"; physician comes from Latin physica, "natural science; physics." More...

In the News

Primordial Sea Beast Resembled Ancient Greek Warship

One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth's primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship. Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery in northeastern Iowa of ... More...
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