Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 3, 2021)
Word of the Day

doodad

Definition:(noun) Something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known.
Synonyms:gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, widget, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick
Usage: My twin sister and I have a special bond, so when she asks to borrow my doodad, I know exactly what she is talking about.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Present Participle

The present participle is the "-ing" form of a verb. This verb form is always the same, whether the verb is regular or irregular. What is the present participle of the irregular verb "run"? More...
Article of the Day

Fan Death

There is a common belief in South Korea that falling asleep in a closed room with an electric fan running can lead to death. Cases of suspected fan death are sometimes reported by the media, and new fans are equipped with automatic timers as a precaution. Though fan death is technically possible, as the use of a fan can hasten dehydration and thus lead to heat exhaustion, the more popular ideas about how fans might kill people have all been debunked by science. What are some of those theories? More...
This Day in History

Stalin Appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party (1922)

After the October Revolution of 1917, Stalin began to emerge as a leader within the new Russian regime. He became one of Lenin's top aides and was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in 1922. Although Lenin expressed misgivings about Stalin's use of power and recommended his removal, Stalin maintained his position and went on to take control of the USSR following Lenin's death. Born Joseph Dzhugashvili, he adopted the surname Stalin in 1913. What does the name mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Goodall (1934)

Soon after finishing high school, Goodall fulfilled her childhood ambition of traveling to Africa, where she assisted British anthropologist Louis Leakey, who suggested she study chimpanzees. In 1960, she established a research camp in what is now Tanzania. For decades, she kept meticulous records of chimpanzees' movements, interactions, and social organization. Her observations established that chimpanzees have complex social behaviors and disproved what long-standing beliefs? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Idiom of the Day

sleep like a baby

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2022)

Guinea was ruled by a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré, who ruled the small West African nation for over 25 years (1958-1984). After Touré's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: steer

coxswain - Originally a servant (swain) whose job it was to steer a boat (cock or cockboat). More...

govern - From Greek kubernan, "to steer." More...

con - To con a ship is to steer it; to con is also "to learn by heart or study attentively." More...

helm - A nautical term meaning "to steer." More...

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