Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

sunstone

Definition:(noun) A translucent quartz spangled with bits of mica or other minerals.
Synonyms:aventurine
Usage: He loved the red gold of the sunstone, and the moonstone's pearly whiteness, and the broken rainbow of the milky opal.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Electron Microscopes

Producing images of specimens magnified to about 2 million times their natural size—compared to just 2,000 for common light microscopes—electron microscopes use electron beams to resolve the minute structural details present in samples. An integral part of many laboratories, electron microscopes are used by researchers to examine biological materials, such as microorganisms, cells, and medical biopsy samples. Why are samples sometimes coated with gold before they are magnified? More...
This Day in History

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant Explosion (1918)

On the night of October 4, 1918, an explosion rocked the T.A. Gillespie Company's ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the largest such plants in the world at the time. The blast triggered a series of explosions, which continued for three days, killing 100 people. Sayreville and nearby South Amboy and Perth Amboy were evacuated, displacing about 62,000 people who thus became more vulnerable to the catastrophic flu epidemic of 1918. What remnant of the accident was found in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men become old, but they never become good.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

sit a spell

To sit down, relax, and socialize for a while at one's leisure. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Peace Day (2018)

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution, funded by the United States Congress to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts; it played an instrumental role in brokering the peace in Mozambique. On October 4, 1992, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique, signed the Mozambique General Peace Agreement in Rome and essentially put an end to the country's civil war. To commemorate this day, the Republic of Mozambique has declared October 4 as Peace Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tortoise

shellpad - Another name for a tortoise. More...

testudinate - Means "slow-moving; like a turtle," from Latin testudo, "tortoise," and also describes something curved or vaulted like a turtle shell. More...

Galapagos Islands - Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise." More...

turtle, tortoise, terrapin - Turtle is applied to those living in water and tortoise to those that live on land, while terrapins live in fresh water; turtle and tortoise may come from the Latin root tort, with reference to the animals' twisted feet. More...

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