Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 1, 2021)
Word of the Day

muster

Definition:(verb) Gather or bring together.
Synonyms:rally, summon
Usage: Mustering all her strength, she pulled hard on the oars.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Active Voice

The active voice is a type of grammatical voice in which the subject is also the agent of the verb—i.e., it performs the action expressed by the verb. In active-voice sentences, where is the agent always positioned? More...
Article of the Day

Hermaphroditism

A hermaphrodite is an animal or plant that has both male and female reproductive systems. The term derives from Greek mythology—Hermes and Aphrodite's son Hermaphroditus possessed physical traits of both sexes after fusing with a nymph. Hermaphroditism is quite common in flowering plants and in invertebrates like snails. "Hermaphrodite" has also been used to describe humans with both male and female genital tissues but is now considered misleading and stigmatizing. What term is preferred? More...
This Day in History

Ivy Mike: First Successful Test of a Hydrogen Bomb (1952)

Years before the atomic bomb was developed, Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, and other American nuclear physicists set their sights on developing a weapon with even greater destructive potential—the hydrogen bomb. Their designs would not be realized, however, until after the development of the A-bomb, which is needed to generate the temperatures required to initiate H-bombs' fusion reactions. How did Teller, thousands of miles away during the "Ivy Mike" test, know almost immediately of its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio Canova (1757)

Canova was an Italian sculptor who was extremely influential in the development of neoclassicism. He produced his first important sculpture, Daedalus and Icarus, in 1779 and was accused of making plaster casts from live models because his figures were so realistic. Among his most important commissions were the tombs of Popes Clement XIII and Clement XIV. In 1802, he became court sculptor to Napoleon I in Paris. How did his love of sculpting ultimately contribute to his death in 1822? More...
Quotation of the Day
Brains are at a discount in the married state. There is no demand for them, no appreciation even.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

(as) nice as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. More...
Today's Holiday

Leaders of the Bulgarian National Revival Day (2021)

The Ottoman Empire suppressed any expression of unity or national pride by the Bulgarian people. That situation underwent a dramatic reversal during the period known as the Bulgarian National Revival. On November 1, Bulgaria celebrates a national holiday to honor and remember those visionaries who did so much to establish a sense of national pride. Parades honoring students and teachers are held throughout the country. In the capital city of Sofia, the parade progresses beneath huge portraits of those leaders who nourished Bulgaria's cultural rebirth. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punish

execute - Derives from Latin exsequi, "carry out, follow up; punish." More...

gruelling - Comes from the verb gruel, "to exhaust, punish." More...

punish - Derives from Latin punire, "punish," which came from poena, "penalty, punishment." More...

penal, punitive - Penal means "relating to punishment," while punitive means "serving to punish." More...

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