Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

vesicle

Definition:(noun) A small sac or cyst, especially one containing fluid.
Synonyms:cyst
Usage: All living things have much in common, in their chemical composition, their germinal vesicles, and their laws of growth and reproduction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitive Phrases

Infinitives are used to express an action as a concept, rather than what is being done or performed by the subject of a clause. In this way, they can function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. They can also form infinitive phrases when combined with what? More...
Article of the Day

Tracer Ammunition

Used in machine guns since World War I, tracer ammunition contains modified bullets packed with a pyrotechnic charge that ignites upon firing, illuminating the bullets. This technology enables a shooter to check a bullet's trajectory and adjust their aim accordingly. Since the tracer path can also betray a shooter's position, many modern tracers are designed to become visible only once they have traveled a set distance. Why were tracers especially useful against Zeppelins in World War I? More...
This Day in History

9-Month-Old Mary Stuart Is Crowned "Queen of Scots" (1543)

When King James V of Scotland died in 1542, his two sons had already died in infancy and his only surviving child—a daughter—was just a week old. The infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned nine months later in an elaborate coronation at Stirling Castle, where she would spend her early years. Laden with regal robes, the tiny sovereign cried throughout the entire ceremony. Soon thereafter, King Henry VIII of England attacked Scotland in an attempt to force what to happen to Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828)

Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Considered one of the world's greatest writers, he is perhaps most famous for his masterpieces, War and Peace, a vast prose epic of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, and Anna Karenina, about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love. Tolstoy was an anarchist and disapproved of all organizations based on the premise of force, including the government and the church. How many characters are there in War and Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. More...
Today's Holiday

U.S. Open (Tennis) (2020)

The U.S. Open is the final tournament in the four events that make up the Grand Slam of tennis. The games are played on hard courts at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association was established in 1881, and the first official U.S. National Championship was played under its auspices that year in Newport, Rhode Island. The first women's championship was played in 1887. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rustling

soughing - A soft rustling or murmuring sound—like the deep sigh of a sleeping baby. More...

frou-frou - From French for "a rustling." More...

murmur - Comes from the Latin word for "rustling," and can mean "complain, grumble about." More...

psithurism - The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. More...

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