Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

incertitude

Definition:(noun) The state of being unsure of something.
Synonyms:doubtfulness, dubiousness, uncertainty
Usage: Here, too, he was disappointed; and then all was afloat, in the painful incertitude of doubt and conjecture.
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

Rongorongo

Rongorongo is a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island that is believed to be a form of writing or proto-writing, though all attempts to decipher the inscriptions, found on some two dozen objects, have thus far failed. The glyphs feature a variety of stylized human, animal, vegetable, and geometric shapes. If rongorongo is found to be writing, it would be one of only three or four known independent inventions of writing in human history. How old are the inscriptions? 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
It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

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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