Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 26, 2020)
Word of the Day

wherefore

Definition:(noun) The cause or intention underlying an action or situation.
Synonyms:why
Usage: We know the how, but to catch the killer, we must ascertain the wherefore.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood refers to verbs that are used to describe hypothetical or non-real actions, events, or situations. What is the subjective mood most commonly used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collection of allergy-like symptoms that strikes people while they are working in a particular building but tends to subside when they leave. The cause can be tough to identify. It is most often associated with poor indoor air quality, which can have many sources, such as mold, chemicals seeping out of carpets, inadequate ventilation, and ozone produced by printers and other machines. How might modern construction techniques inadvertently contribute to this syndrome? More...
This Day in History

Nuclear Reactor at Chernobyl Plant Explodes (1986)

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is regarded as the worst nuclear accident in history. Radioactive debris from the disaster drifted across parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people and a disputed number of deaths. The incident set off an international outcry over the dangers posed by radioactive emissions. What caused the accident? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Richter (1900)

Richter was an American seismologist best known for creating the Richter scale, which quantifies the magnitude of earthquakes by assigning each quake a single number based on the measurement of seismic waves. The scale is logarithmic, meaning that each increase of one unit represents a 10-fold increase in the amplitude of the waves. Though the scale has no theoretical upper limit, the most severe quakes have not exceeded a scale value of 9. What earthquake measurement method succeeded Richter's? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never deal in transformations, for they are not honest, and no respectable sorceress likes to make things appear to be what they are not.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

set (someone or something) loose

To make free or give up control of something or someone; to release or discharge something or someone, as from confinement. More...
Today's Holiday

John Audubon Day (2022)

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was America's foremost ornithological illustrator. After his death in 1851, Audubon's wife Lucy returned to teaching to support herself. One of her students, George Bird Grinnell, in 1886 organized the Audubon Society for the study and protection of birds. Today there are many branches of this organization, known as the National Audubon Society, and its members honor Audubon on his birthday, April 26. In some states, Audubon Day and Arbor Day are celebrated together by planting trees in bird sanctuaries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: variegated

chintz - Comes from the plural of Hindi chint, a printed Indian calico, from earlier Sanskrit chitra, "variegated." More...

moire - Having a variegated or clouded appearance, like that of watered silk. More...

variegated - Can mean "having variety in character, form, etc." More...

vary - From Latin varius, "speckled, variegated; changeable." More...

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