Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 6, 2022)
Word of the Day

apropos

Definition:(adjective) Being at once opportune and to the point.
Synonyms:relevant, timely
Usage: His book about safe investment, published right before the stock market crash, was more apropos than he expected.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Making Infinitives Negative

To make an infinitive or infinitive phrase negative, we use the word "not" before the infinitive. We can also put greater emphasis on "not" by placing it after "to." This creates what is known as a "split infinitive"—an infinitive that has an adverb between "to" and the base form of the verb. Is it ever acceptable to use split infinitives? More...
Article of the Day

Iambic Pentameter: Shakespeare's Rhythm

Iambic pentameter is a meter in poetry consisting of lines of five feet in which the iamb is the dominant foot. The iamb is characterized by a short, stressed syllable followed by a long, unstressed one. Shakespeare favored iambic pentameter in many of his sonnets and plays. What are examples from Shakespeare's work that feature this meter? 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
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

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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