Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

abaxial

Definition:(adjective) Located away from or on the opposite side of the axis, as of an organ or organism
Synonyms:dorsal
Usage: The abaxial surface of the leaf was covered in stomata, tiny pores that allow the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen between the internal tissues of the plant and the outside atmosphere.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree are used to indicate the intensity, degree, or extent of the verb, adjective, or adverb they are modifying. What are grading adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Technological Singularity

The technological singularity is a theoretical point in the future in which technology advances beyond the human capacity to participate in its development in a meaningful way. Computers will then be responsible for creating new breakthroughs. The term "technological singularity" was first used by computer scientist and sci-fi author Vernor Vinge, who wrote in 1993 that after this superhuman intelligence is created, "the human era" will end. By when does Vinge expect the singularity to occur? More...
This Day in History

Brandeis Sworn in as Justice of US Supreme Court (1916)

Brandeis was an American lawyer and the author of the "Brandeis Brief," a report that detailed the impact of long working hours on women and revolutionized the practice of law. He was also a leader of the American Zionist movement. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, he served until 1939 and was the first Jew to hold that office. Brandeis University, a liberal arts university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is named after him. Why was he called the "people's lawyer"? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887)

Benedict was an American anthropologist whose theories have had a profound influence on cultural anthropology. Her landmark text Patterns of Culture was published in 1934, at a time when her field was dominated by men. In it, she promotes cultural relativism—the assessment of cultural practices within their own cultural context. From a young age, she was fascinated with death and was drawn to studying how other cultures treat death. Whose "cult of grief" did Benedict despise? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

tell (someone's) fortune

To (profess to) anticipate and inform someone about certain outcomes or events in their near or distant future. More...
Today's Holiday

Denmark Constitution Day (2022)

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sails

crab-skuit - A small, open fishing boat with sails. More...

haul - Originally had the nautical meaning of "to trim the sails to sail closer to the wind." More...

sail - Once meant specifically "to travel on a ship with sails," and, later, "to travel on any ship"; figuratively, it means "to go through effortlessly," as in, "to sail through the exam." More...

three sheets to the wind - Pertains to chains that regulate the angle of sails; if the sheets were loose, the boat would become unstable and tipsy. More...

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