Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 27, 2021)
Word of the Day

artificer

Definition:(noun) A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft.
Synonyms:artisan, journeyman, craftsman
Usage: There are native tanners, shoemakers, weavers, blacksmiths, stonecutters, and other artificers attached to each establishment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Would

The modal auxiliary verb "would" has a variety of functions and uses, including replacing "will" for things that happened or began in the past, or describing hypothetical situations. What type of mood is used to express hypotheticals and desires? More...
Article of the Day

Wagonways

The idea of using "tracked" roads dates back millennia. In the US and England, the first railroads employed not locomotives but horse-drawn wagons, which were used to haul minerals on the tracks. In 1829, locomotives were imported to the US from England, but they were found to be too heavy for the existing tracks. However, steam powered railroads soon grew to dominate the transportation of cargo. How did horses continue to be used by railroads after the advent of steam locomotives? More...
This Day in History

Disgruntled Engineer Jams HBO's Satellite Signal (1986)

In the early morning hours of April 27, 1986, a Florida electronics store owner moonlighting as a satellite uplink technician decided to protest what he considered unfair programming subscription rates for satellite dish owners. Overriding the signal of the cable network HBO, he transmitted a message to be seen by anyone watching HBO at the time. "Captain Midnight," as he called himself, was eventually fined $5,000 for the stunt. What did he elect to say in those few minutes of airtime? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Spencer (1820)

Admired by some and loathed by others, Spencer was one of the most discussed Victorian thinkers. An English sociologist and philosopher, he was an advocate of the theory of social Darwinism. In his vast, multi-volume System of Synthetic Philosophy, he held that the physical, organic, and social realms are interconnected and develop according to identical evolutionary principles. To describe his theory of sociocultural evolution, he coined what well-known phrase? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

a little leery

Cautious, wary, or uncertain of a given person, place, or thing. More...
Today's Holiday

South Africa Freedom Day (2021)

On April 27, 1994, the Republic of South Africa held its first democratic elections. The African National Congress (ANC) won the election, bringing with it socio-economic change that improved the lives of all South Africans, especially the poor. Every year, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day, a public holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the historic day in 1994. Special cultural events and exhibitions are held in various venues around Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa, and other locations around the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: organs

consensus - Came into English in a physiological sense, meaning "a set of organs" or the "involuntary or reflex actions of the nervous system." More...

homogenous - Can refer to genetically related tissue or organs. More...

lung - Goes back to an Indo-European word for "light," because of the lightness of the organ. More...

sensorium - The seat of common sense, the center of the brain to which sense impressions are transmitted by the nerves from the organs. More...

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