Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

fumigate

Definition:(verb) To subject to smoke or fumes, usually in order to exterminate pests or disinfect.
Synonyms:fume
Usage: When we found out there was an infestation next door, we considered fumigating our house too.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Countable Nouns

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means they can be counted with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. Are abstract nouns ever countable? More...
Article of the Day

The Virus: Is It Really Alive?

A virus is a minute infectious agent that, in general, cannot be seen with a light microscope. It lacks an independent metabolism and is able to replicate only within a living host cell. A free virus particle does not carry out the functions of a living cell, such as respiration and growth, and may be thought of as a packaging device by which viral genetic material can be introduced into appropriate host cells. What are the arguments for and against classifying viruses as living organisms? More...
This Day in History

As the World Turns Premieres (1956)

Soap operas began in the early 1930s as 15-minute radio episodes and continued in that format when they began appearing on TV in the early 1950s. As the World Turns premiered as the first half-hour TV soap. The show, which primarily focused on two professional families in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, ran for 54 years and aired nearly 14,000 episodes. For 20 of those years, it was most-watched daytime drama in the US. What interrupted a live broadcast of the show in 1963? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile François Zola (1840)

Zola was the founder of French naturalism, a literary school that maintained that novel-writing should be scientific, appraising reality in terms of natural forces such as heredity or environment. Inspired by his readings in sociology and medicine, he applied his theory in a vast series of novels in which the characters are impartially observed and presented in minute, often sordid, detail. Zola also had an ardent zeal for social reform. He died in his sleep under what suspicious circumstances? More...
Quotation of the Day
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). More...
Today's Holiday

Pascua Florida Day (2020)

Although no one knows for certain the date on which Ponce de León landed at Florida in 1513, it is widely believed that he first stepped ashore on April 2. He named the land Pascua Florida because it was Eastertime. Pascua is a Spanish word meaning "Easter," and Florida means "flowering" or "full of flowers." The Florida state legislature designated April 2 Florida State Day in 1953. The week ending on April 2 is known as Pascua Florida Week, a time when people are encouraged to attend special programs devoted to the area's discovery and history. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lamp

finial - The decorative knob on the top of a lamp, holding the shade on. More...

pendeloque - A pear-shaped glass (crystal) pendant on a lamp or chandelier. More...

lantern - Traces back to Greek lucerna, "lamp." More...

match - First meant "wick of a candle or lamp" or "spout of a lamp" before it was the item used to light candles and lamps. More...

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