Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

irk

Definition:(verb) To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to.
Synonyms:gall
Usage: The sight of her gave Sheldon fresh courage, and the tedious hours of waiting did not irk him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen. Typically, what is the outcome? More...
Article of the Day

Atomic Force Microscope

With a demonstrated resolution of fractions of a nanometer, the atomic force microscope (AFM) is one of the foremost tools for imaging, measuring, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale. Unlike the electron microscope, which provides a two-dimensional image of a sample, the AFM provides a true 3-D surface profile. Though the term "microscope" suggests the visual study of minute samples, this high-tech device functions in an entirely different manner. How does the AFM gather information? More...
This Day in History

The First Geneva Convention Is Signed (1864)

After witnessing firsthand the suffering of thousands of wounded soldiers left without aid on a battlefield in Italy, Jean-Henri Dunant returned to his native Switzerland and began campaigning for the humane treatment of war wounded. This prompted an international conference that resulted in the First Geneva Convention, an international agreement protecting neutral medical personnel and wounded soldiers. The Red Cross was also founded as a direct result of his efforts. What battle inspired him? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908)

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered the father of photojournalism. His works, which were unmanipulated and achieved with simple techniques, are remarkable for their flawless capture of a situation's "decisive moment." He served in World War II and escaped a Nazi prison camp after three years to dig up a camera he had previously buried. He hated being photographed and was fiercely private. He claimed to have confided his secrets in someone he would never meet again. Who? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hit the big time

To become very famous or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Michigan Renaissance Festival (2020)

Visitors who walk through the turreted gates of the annual Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan, are made to feel as if they're stepping back into the 16th century. The festival has a permanent, 200-acre site which is set up to resemble a European village. Festival activities include theater, games, and equestrian events as well as displays and demonstrations of Renaissance crafts and cooking. Visitors can try their hand at archery or dueling, sample roasted turkey drumsticks, observe the arts of glassblowing, pewter casting, and blacksmithing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perverse

awkward - Comes from Old Norse awk, "perverse," and weard, "in the direction of," i.e. "turned back upon itself" or "turned backward." More...

crabby, crabbed - Crabby and crabbed derive from a crab's sideways movement and habit of snapping (thought to suggest a perverse or irritable nature). More...

peeve - A back-formation from peevish, "perverse, obstinate." More...

queer - Comes from the German root quer, "across, oblique, perverse." More...

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