Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 9, 2022)
Word of the Day

refulgent

Definition:(adjective) Shining radiantly; resplendent.
Synonyms:effulgent, radiant, beaming
Usage: Standing by the edge of the sea, they witnessed a refulgent sunset.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Continuous Tense

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle ("-ing" form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "be." We use the present continuous (also called the "present progressive") tense to speak about actions that are currently happening, whether generally or at the exact moment of speech. What else can it be used to describe? More...
Article of the Day

Buckypaper

Scientists have applied inventor Buckminster Fuller's name not only to the 60-carbon molecule—the "buckyball"—whose arrangement of atoms resembles his geodesic dome, but to various other objects. Buckypaper, for instance, is a thin sheet made of carbon nanotubes—"buckytubes"—that are approximately 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Buckypaper is one tenth the weight yet potentially 500 times stronger than steel when its sheets are stacked to form a composite. What are its possible uses? More...
This Day in History

Roman Emperor Nero Commits Suicide (68 CE)

Often remembered as a tyrant who played the fiddle while watching Rome burn, Nero was the fifth and last Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Though few surviving sources treat him favorably, some portray him as a competent emperor who was popular with the Roman people. In 68 CE, a military coup drove Nero into hiding, where he reportedly stabbed himself to avoid facing execution at the hands of the Roman Senate. Why do historians claim that the legend of Nero and his fiddle is false? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert McNamara (1916)

McNamara served as the US Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. He took the post just months after being named president of the Ford Motor Company. As secretary, he shifted US military strategy away from heavy reliance on nuclear weaponry and strengthened conventional fighting capacity. He initially supported the escalation of the Vietnam War, but his growing doubts led him to eventually resign from the cabinet. He then became the president of what international organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

thanks for nothing!

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2022)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: males

alpha male - A domineering man; the dominant member in a group of males, especially animals. More...

kiva - In Native American Pueblo practices, an underground chamber used by the males for religious rites. More...

mixed voices - Voices of both males and females united in the same performance. More...

spanandry - Scarcity of males in a population. More...

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