Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

fungicide

Definition:(noun) A chemical substance that destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi.
Synonyms:antifungal, antimycotic
Usage: Dr. Johnson prescribed a fungicide to treat her patient's athlete's foot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases in Middle Position

When a participle phrase occurs in the middle position, and is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, it should be set apart from the rest of the sentence by two commas. However, if a participle phrase occurs in the middle position and is essential to the meaning of the sentence, how should it be punctuated? More...
Article of the Day

Mautam: Rat Raid

Mautam is the name of the cyclic phenomenon that occurs every 48 years in the Indian state of Mizoram. During this period, the flowering of a species of bamboo is invariably followed by a subsequent boom in the population of bandicoot rats, which feast on the bamboo seeds. However, once they exhaust the temporarily abundant food supply, they turn their attention to cultivated crops, raiding granaries and fields, leading to famine. How did officials prepare for Mautam in 2006? More...
This Day in History

First Rock Festival Held in the Soviet Union (1980)

Dubbed the "Soviet Woodstock," the 1980 Tbilisi rock festival is widely considered the turning point in the history of Russian rock music. Held in Tbilisi—capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic—the event was the USSR's first official rock festival. However, unlike Woodstock, the high point of youth counterculture in the US, freedom of expression at Tbilisi-80 was limited, and the jury stormed out after one performer's provocative moves. Which bands performed at the event? More...
Today's Birthday

Tapio Rautavaara (1915)

Finland's multitalented Tapio Rautavaara was a successful athlete, singer, and actor. He won Olympic gold for javelin throwing and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films and recorded more than 300 songs before his death in 1979, the result of a brain injury caused by a slip-and-fall accident. His death might have been averted had medical officials correctly identified the symptoms of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage instead of dismissing them as indicators of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

be rained out

To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the rain. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Juan de Dios (2022)

San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) was born in Portugal in 1495. A religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers, was founded in his honor, and thereafter he was known as John of God and the patron saint of hospitals. In Puno, Peru, San Juan de Dios is celebrated with a two-day fiesta. On March 7, llamas bring in wood for bonfires in a parade with flute and drum music, and in the evening bonfires blaze. The next day, his feast day, a procession takes the saint's image through the streets of Puno, and dancers and musicians create a festive atmosphere around the church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twisted

twist-grip - A bicycle grip that may be twisted to change the gears is a twist-grip. More...

pigtail - In the 17th century, it was tobacco twisted into a thin rope, which resembled the animal's tail. More...

torsibility - The tendency to untwist after being twisted; it is also the degree to which something can be twisted. More...

writhen - "Twisted or contorted out of shape." More...

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