Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 27, 2020)
Word of the Day

taproom

Definition:(noun) A room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter.
Synonyms:bar, ginmill, saloon
Usage: I go to a local taproom after work every Friday and unwind over a pint.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect Continuous for Past Durations of Time

We can use the past perfect continuous tense to describe the duration of continuous past action. The meaning is very similar to the present perfect continuous tense in this way. However, whereas the present perfect continuous describes an action that was happening up until the present moment, the past perfect continuous highlights what? More...
Article of the Day

Lost-Wax Casting

The lost-wax method of casting metal sculptures was developed thousands of years ago and is still used by metalworkers today. In this labor-intensive process, a clay or plaster model is coated with wax and then covered with a perforated plaster or clay mold. When the cast dries, the wax is melted and drained and replaced with molten metal. Archeological evidence suggests that metalworkers in India and Mesopotamia were using this method as early as 3500 BCE to make what sorts of objects? More...
This Day in History

Permanent United States Navy Established (1794)

The first incarnation of the US Navy was short-lived, established in 1775 and disbanded in 1784. However, with Barbary pirates harassing US merchant ships, Congress rethought its decision and established a permanent US Navy with the authorization to build six frigates in 1794. Three of these were welcomed into service soon after. The US Navy distinguished itself in the War of 1812 by unexpectedly defeating British forces several times. What role did naval power play in the American Civil War? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Pearson (1857)

English scientist and professor of mathematics Karl Pearson was an instrumental figure in the development of mathematical statistics. In 1911, he became professor of eugenics at the University of London and director of the eugenics laboratory. A disciple of Francis Galton, Pearson applied statistical methods to the study of biological problems, especially evolution and heredity, in a science he called biometrics. Today, Pearson's views on eugenics are considered deeply racist. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whipping and abuse are like laudanum; you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

short on looks

Homely; rather plain or unattractive; not aesthetically pleasing. More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Armed Forces Day (2022)

Throughout most of the 1800s, the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, was ruled by the British. Aung San, an outspoken student leader, helped the Japanese oust the British, and the Japanese ruled Burma from 1942 until 1945. On March 27, 1945, he helped the World War II Allied forces remove the Japanese from power. Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on March 27 to commemorate the day that Aung San rebelled against the Japanese. The day is celebrated with a military parade and fireworks. Since 1989, the Tatmadaw has made it a tradition to pardon several prisoners on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laws

autonomy - From Greek autos, "self," and nomos, "law," i.e. a person or unit that makes its own laws. More...

blue sky laws - Laws protecting the public from securities fraud. More...

code, codex - Code, from Latin codex, meaning "block of wood split into tablets, document written on wood tablets," was first a set of laws. More...

constitute, constitution - Constitute can mean "make laws" and a constitution is a "how-to" document for a government or organization. More...

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