Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 4, 2020)
Word of the Day

two-dimensional

Definition:(adjective) Lacking the expected range or depth.
Synonyms:flat
Usage: The actress's two-dimensional performance was especially disappointing given the emotional complexity of the character she was playing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Present Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the present tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to the present moment in time. What is the present simple structure used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Panspermia

Panspermia is the hypothesis that life originated elsewhere in the universe and spread to Earth, and perhaps other places, on objects like asteroids. Astrobiologists, who investigate the possibility of life in space, point out that some microorganisms can, in fact, survive in space but that the long distances between planets would make surviving an interplanetary trip quite difficult, even for extremophiles. What tiny invertebrate was sent into orbit and survived exposure to the vacuum of space? More...
This Day in History

Chinese Warlord Zhang Zuolin Is Assassinated (1928)

Zhang was a Chinese warlord who became ruler of Manchuria with the tacit support of the Japanese after his militia backed them in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–05. By the mid-1920s, his Fengtien army had gained power in Beijing, but Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Nationalists forced him out in 1928, and the Japanese began to doubt his authority over his Chinese countrymen. He was assassinated during his retreat to Shenyang when his train was bombed. Who planted the bomb, and why? More...
Today's Birthday

King George III of England (1738)

King George III was king of Great Britain and Ireland. During his reign, Britain lost many of its colonies in North America, and Great Britain and Ireland united to form the UK. He suffered a short nervous breakdown in 1765 and a more serious one beginning in 1788, sparking a conflict over the powers to be vested in the regency. His mental condition continued to decline, and he became permanently insane in 1810. One theory claims his condition was a result of what metabolic disorder? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

take a telling-off

To be scolded, rebuked, or reprimanded, as for a wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Tonga Emancipation Day (2022)

June 4 is a national holiday in the Kingdom of Tonga, celebrating its full independence from Britain. On June 4, 1863, King George Tupuo I abolished the system of serfdom in the island nation of Tonga. The historic occasion is remembered on Emancipation Day, which is celebrated just after the conclusion of the annual three-day Ha'apai Festival. The Ha'apai Festival begins on Tonga's outer islands and ends on Lifuka Island on June 4th. Both the festival and Emancipation Day are marked with feasts and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inquiry

query, inquiry, enquiry - A query is a single question; an inquiry (or enquiry) may be a single question or extensive investigation (i.e. a series of questions). More...

inquirendo, percontation - An inquirendo or percontation is an investigation or inquiry. More...

prosecute - First meant "to follow up or pursue an inquiry or studies" or "to pursue to the end." More...

zetetic - As an adjective, it means "inquiring, investigating" and "proceeding by inquiry or investigation," or, as a noun, "inquirer." More...

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