Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

mucilage

Definition:(noun) A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
Synonyms:glue, gum
Usage: They wanted to make a model airplane, but lacked the mucilage needed to hold the pieces together.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Degrees of Comparison - Adjectives

Adjectives can be inflected (changed in form) to compare a quality between two nouns—this form is known as the comparative degree. What suffix is added to the end of the adjective to form the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

Borough Market

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in South London. It is a successor to a 13th century market that adjoined the end of London Bridge. People come to trade at the current market from all different parts of the UK, and it has become a fashionable place to buy food. Large portions of the market are to be demolished under what project? More...
This Day in History

England's Lincoln Cathedral Is Consecrated (1092)

Not long after William the Conqueror named Remigius de Fécamp bishop of what was then the largest diocese in the country, he decided to move the seat of the diocese to a more central location. For the next 20 years, Remigius oversaw construction of a magnificent new cathedral in Lincoln, only to die days before its consecration. Today, its architecture is considered to be priceless. When Queen Eleanor died nearby in 1290, which parts of her body were buried at the cathedral? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Carter (1874)

An experienced archaeologist and Egyptologist, Carter began searching for the long lost tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun in the early 1900s, excavating Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, through funding by his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon. In 1922, Carnarvon gave Carter one last season to make a discovery. He did, unearthing the pristine, treasure-filled tomb that became world famous. What fact about Carter's life is often used to refute the so-called Curse of the Pharaohs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too much mercy...often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

a golden hello

A sum of money paid to a new employee as a benefit for being recruited by a company. More...
Today's Holiday

Southern 500 (2020)

The Southern 500 is the oldest southern stock-car race, held in Darlington, South Carolina, since 1950. Drawing about 80,000 spectators, it is one of the four so-called crown jewels in the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit and is considered the forerunner of those races. The others are the Daytona 500 (in Florida), the Winston 500 (Talladega, Alabama), and the Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte, North Carolina). The first of the southern super speedways, the oddly configured Darlington Raceway was dubbed "the Lady in Black" by sports writers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: solid

cholesterol - Comes from Greek words meaning "bile, gall" and "stiff, solid," plus the ending "-ol." More...

hydrogenated oil - An oil with trans-fatty acids that has been chemically changed from a room-temperature liquid state into a solid. More...

sublimate - In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid. More...

solder, solid - To solder something is etymologically to make it solid; solid comes from Latin solidus, "solid, whole." More...

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