Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

oscillate

Definition:(verb) Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action.
Synonyms:hover, vacillate, vibrate
Usage: He continues to oscillate between accepting the prestigious promotion and retiring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Tense

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language; verbs do not inflect (conjugate) a certain way to reflect future actions. For that reason, we use different sentence constructions to achieve a future point of view. How is this is most often accomplished? More...
Article of the Day

Bomb Disposal

Bomb disposal is the process by which hazardous explosive devices are rendered safe in both military and civilian scenarios. It became a formalized practice during WWI, when the mass production of munitions led to a large proportion of "duds" being manufactured and fired. These unexploded ordnance were extremely hazardous, so units dedicated to their disposal were created. Today, bomb disposal technicians use remote-controlled robots to neutralize bombs from a distance. What is a "pigstick"? More...
This Day in History

Kyoto Protocol Is Adopted (1997)

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to fight global warming that calls on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was adopted during a UN Conference on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Later that year, international representatives settled the details necessary to convert the agreement into a binding international treaty, and it came into force in 2005 after ratification by more than 125 nations. What nations declined to adopt the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Hector Berlioz (1803)

Berlioz was a French Romantic composer. He studied music in Paris against his parents' wishes, and his first great score, Symphonie fantastique, became a landmark of the Romantic era. An impassioned and contentious critic, he was constantly at war with the musical establishment. Although he was the most compelling French musical figure of his time, his distinctive compositional style kept almost all his music out of the repertory until the mid-20th century. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2018)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mammal

amniocentesis, amnion - Amniocentesis is formed by amnion, the innermost membrane enclosing a fetus, and Greek kentesis, "pricking." More...

endoskeleton - Contained entirely within the body of an animal, like that of mammals. More...

pelage - The fur, hair, wool, etc. of a mammal. More...

rhinarium - The hairless, habitually moist nose of some mammals, such as the antelope. More...

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