Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

putrefaction

Definition:(noun) Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles.
Synonyms:depravation, depravity, degeneracy, corruption
Usage: The country had fallen into a state of moral putrefaction, with corruption running rampant throughout the government ranks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Continuous Tense with Adverbs

When using the present continuous tense, we can add adverbs relating to time between "be" and the present participle. What do such adverbs serve to specify or clarify? More...
Article of the Day

Aztlán

Aztlán is the legendary ancestral home of the Nahua peoples, a major Mesoamerican group that includes the Aztec. According to Aztec legend, a southward migration from Aztlán—often described as a paradise—that began around 830 CE led to the founding of seven major city-states in central Mexico. Though scholars disagree about whether Aztlán has any real historical component, both Spanish conquistadors and modern archaeologists have attempted to identify its exact location. What are some options? More...
This Day in History

Flight 19 Is Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945)

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle during a navigation training flight from a naval air station in Florida. All 14 airmen involved in the exercise were lost. The search-and-rescue flight that went after them also disappeared, along with its 13-man crew, and is assumed to have exploded in midair. No wreckage from any of the six aircraft has ever been positively identified. What did Navy investigators conclude happened to Flight 19? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Painlevé (1863)

A mathematical prodigy, Painlevé embarked on a career devoted to science, but he turned to politics after the Dreyfus Affair sparked his interest. In World War I, he held several French cabinet posts and was briefly premier in 1917. He was premier again in 1925 and was later minister of war and minister of aviation. In mathematics, Painlevé ranked among the best minds of his time, and he made important contributions in the field of differential equations. What are the Painlevé transcendents? More...
Quotation of the Day
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

after a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2018)

In 1985 the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by these volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joint

fishplate - A type of metal plate used to strengthen a joint (from fish, meaning "mend"). More...

seam - Etymologically, a joint made by sewing. More...

ankylosis - Stiffness or immobility in a joint. More...

arthralgia, arthritis - Arthralgia is pain in a joint, from Greek arthron, "joint," which also gives us the word arthritis. More...

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