Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 16, 2018)
Word of the Day

habit-forming

Definition:(adjective) Capable of leading to physiological or psychological dependence.
Synonyms:addictive
Usage: Cocaine is a habit-forming drug.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjugation

Conjugation refers to the way we inflect (change the form of) verbs to create particular meanings. What is grammatical tense? More...
Article of the Day

The Legend of El Dorado

El Dorado is the legendary golden city sought by 16th- and 17th-century explorers in the New World. The legend is said to derive from a custom of the Chibcha people of Colombia who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake while casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. The supposed location of the fabled city shifted as new regions were explored and ruled out. In what places did the conquistadors search for El Dorado? More...
This Day in History

My Lai Massacre (1968)

During the Vietnam War, US troops searching for Viet Cong fighters massacred hundreds of civilians from the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Though they had not located any insurgents in My Lai, the soldiers opened fire on the villagers, killing men, women, and children. The incident was initially covered up by army officers. When it was revealed in the press nearly two years later, it divided the US public and increased pressure to end the war. How many soldiers were convicted for their crimes? More...
Today's Birthday

Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (1925)

Miramontes was a Mexican chemist whose extensive scientific contributions include numerous publications and nearly 40 national and international patents in different areas, including organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, petrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and polluting agents. However, Miramontes is best remembered for his synthesis, in 1951, of norethindrone, a progestational hormone that would be used as the base of one of the first forms of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

big eyes

A longing and/or pleading look, often in an attempt to get what one wants. More...
Today's Holiday

Nuuk Snow Festival (2019)

In 1994, the town of Nuuk, Greenland, held its first snow-sculpture festival. It has since become an annual event, scheduled for the third weekend in March. It attracts contestants from all over Greenland, as well as from Canada, the United States, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Festival organizers give each team of sculptors a compressed block of snow. The teams then set to work, transforming the square blocks into an amazing variety of shapes. Their efforts are displayed in a sculpture park that is illuminated at night, creating beautiful lights and shadows on the sculptures. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: introduction

inlay card - A pamphlet accompanying a CD, film, etc., giving an introduction. More...

isagoge - An introduction to a field of study. More...

front matter - Things in the beginning of a book like an introduction and table of contents. More...

propaedeutic - A subject or course of study that is an introduction to more advanced study or to an art or science. More...

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