Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

hydroponics

Definition:(noun) A technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients.
Synonyms:aquiculture, tank farming
Usage: The soil where he lived was poor in nutrients, so he decided to try his luck with hydroponics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs

Factitive verbs are used to indicate the resulting condition or state of a person, place, or thing caused by the action of the verb. What is this resulting condition or state known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Underground Railroad

This informal network of safe houses and transport facilities was established by 19th century US abolitionists in the northern states prior to the Civil War. Volunteers, or “conductors,” offered sanctuary and assistance to escaped African-American slaves and helped lead the slaves to safety in the North. Conductors on the railroad included escaped slaves like Harriet Tubman, who is credited with having led more than 300 slaves to freedom. Who was the “Father of the Underground Railroad”? More...
This Day in History

Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii's Last Monarch (1891)

Liliuokalani ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt, fostered largely by sugar planters—mostly American residents of Hawaii—that led to her dethronement early in 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Failing in an attempt to regain the throne in 1895, she formally renounced her royal claims. What well-known song was composed by Liliuokalani? More...
Today's Birthday

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. He studied almost every field of scientific investigation and wrote copiously, publishing Sweden's first scientific journal and anticipating many discoveries and inventions. However, his writing gradually shifted toward philosophy and metaphysics, and in 1744 he claimed to have had a divine vision. He spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions. What sect is based on his beliefs? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. More...
Today's Holiday

Vasant Panchami (2020)

Vasant Panchami is a festival of spring, celebrated throughout India among Hindus and Sikhs at the end of January or in early February. People wear bright yellow clothes, the color of the mustard flower that heralds the onset of spring, and mark the day with music, dancing, and kite-flying. In Shantiniketan, West Bengal, the festival is celebrated with special lavishness in honor of Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of learning and the arts. Her images are taken in procession to rivers to be bathed, and books and pens are placed at her shrine. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snap

chop - A snap with the jaws or mouth is a chop. More...

crepitation, crepitate, crepitant - Crepitation is the sounds of Rice Krispies cereal (snap, crackle, pop); crepitate or crepitant is "making a crackling sound." More...

oh snap - Also simply "snap"; an exclamation of dismay or disbelief, surprise, or joy. More...

snack - First meant "bite, snap (of a dog)," from a Dutch word meaning "to bite." More...

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