Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 6, 2021)
Word of the Day

ailment

Definition:(noun) An often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining.
Synonyms:complaint, ill
Usage: She pretended that she was always well now, and concealed her ailments so craftily that we had to probe for them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Inflection

Grammatical inflection is the way in which a word is changed or altered in form in order to achieve a new, specific meaning. Verbs are the most commonly inflected words, changing form to reflect grammatical tense, as well as mood, voice, aspect, person, and speech. Collectively, this is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Though it is located just off the coast of heavily populated Long Island, New York, Plum Island has no sizable civilian population of its own. Any wild mammal found there is killed on sight. That is because the island is home to a federal research center that investigates animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and swine fever. Fueling public imagination about the island, several unidentified animal carcasses have washed up on nearby beaches—including what notable "monster" in 2008? More...
This Day in History

Dmitri Mendeleev Presents First Periodic Table (1869)

The periodic table is a tabular display of all known chemical elements arranged according to the periodic law discovered by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. The elements are arranged in columns and rows according to increasing atomic number, which is defined as the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom. The table summarizes the major properties of the elements and enables predictions to be made about their behavior. How many elements currently appear on the periodic table? More...
Today's Birthday

Gabriel García Márquez (1927?)

García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest 20th-century writers. His two masterpieces, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, center on themes of violence, solitude, and the overwhelming human need for love. The former text became a principal vehicle for the surrealist style of magic realism. What career path did García Márquez abandon in order to pursue writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have outlived certain desires. I have lost friends, some by death...others through sheer inability to cross the street. I am not so gifted as at one time seemed likely.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

go to wrack and ruin

To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Excited Insects (2022)

Known as Gyeongchip in Korea and as Ching Che in China, the Feast of Excited Insects marks the transition from winter to spring. It is the day when the insects are said to come back to life after hibernating all winter. In China, it is the day when "the dragon raises his head," summoning the insects back to life, and people perform various rituals designed to prepare for the onslaught. In Korea, this is one of 24 days in the lunar calendar that marks the beginning of a new season. Farmers prepare their fields and begin planting their barley, cabbage, and other vegetables. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reptile

reptile, amphibian - A reptile has dry, scaly skin, while an amphibian has moist skin. More...

herptile - Another word for reptile or amphibian. More...

spear - The sting of a reptile or insect. More...

herpetology - The branch of zoology dealing with amphibians and reptiles, based on Greek herpeton, "creeping thing." More...

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