Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

spelunker

Definition:(noun) One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby; a caver.
Synonyms:potholer, speleologist
Usage: The spelunkers were lost in the cave and worried that their minimal rations, two granola bars and a bag of salted peanuts, would not last long.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Fractions

Fractions are a type of pre-determiner that divides the quantity of the noun. What word do we usually use between the fractional expression and the other determiner? More...
Article of the Day

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common health problem, second in prevalence only to the common cold. About 75% of all people have had their first cavity by the age of 5. Decay is caused by 3 factors: plaque bacteria, sugar, and a vulnerable tooth surface. Although several microorganisms can cause tooth decay, the primary disease agent appears to be Streptococcus mutans. If left untreated, decay can lead to tooth loss, infection, and, in severe cases, death. What drugs can lead to rampant tooth decay? More...
This Day in History

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Is Founded (1947)

The ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries. It was founded in Geneva after World War II to promote the development of standardization and related activities, with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services as well as intellectual, scientific, technological, and economic cooperation. At first glance, ISO appears to be an acronym for the group's full name, but it is not. Rather, it is derived from a Greek word for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. (1915)

A US Air Force colonel during World War II, Tibbets is best known for piloting the Enola Gay—named for his mother—on August 6, 1945, when it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The bomb, code-named Little Boy, was the first atomic weapon deployed in the history of warfare and killed tens of thousands of people. Initially hailed as a hero in the US, Tibbets became a target of controversy in the debate over the ethics of atomic warfare. What was his stance on the bombing later in life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be running on fumes

To be continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia (2022)

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, a boundary stone that marked the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward, there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plow

acre - Old English aecer, now acre, was originally the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day; the Old English word came from Latin ager, "fertile field," and became acre, which first meant any field. More...

plow - Borrowed from Old Norse plogr. More...

snow berm - A ridge of snow graded up by a plow. More...

hale - A handle of a plow or wheelbarrow. More...

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