Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

unpronounceable

Definition:(adjective) Difficult or impossible to pronounce correctly.
Synonyms:unutterable
Usage: The foreign dignitary had an unpronounceable last name.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Regular and Irregular Inflection

Inflection, the way we change a word's form to reflect things like tense, plurality, gender, etc., is usually governed by consistent, predictable rules. This is known as "regular inflection." However, there are many instances in which the way a word is inflected doesn't seem to follow any rules or conventions at all—this is known as "irregular inflection." What part of speech is most commonly affected by irregular inflection? More...
Article of the Day

Shock and Awe Doctrine

The shock and awe doctrine is a military strategy based on the use of overwhelming force, dominant maneuvers, and staggering displays of power to control an adversary's perception of the battlefield and quickly destroy its will to fight. Though the doctrine recognizes the need to minimize civilian casualties, it relies on the disruption of water supplies, food production, and other aspects of infrastructure. What historic military campaigns can be said to have operated under similar principles? More...
This Day in History

Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer's Microwave (1945)

Self-taught engineer Percy Spencer discovered the cooking potential of microwaves in the 1940s. While working on magnetrons for the Raytheon Company, he noticed that a peanut butter chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He determined that microwaves emitted from his magnetrons had cooked the candy bar and confirmed this theory by testing it on popcorn. Raytheon patented Spencer's microwave oven in 1945 and put it on the market in 1947. What was the first food to explode in a microwave? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker "Ace of Aces." After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More...
Quotation of the Day
History develops, art stands still.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

be sick to death of (something)

To be or become exceedingly wearied by, bored of, or exasperated with something. More...
Today's Holiday

Taiiku-no-Hi (Health and Sports Day) (2018)

Taiiku-no-Hi, or Health and Sports Day, is a national legal holiday in Japan set aside to promote good physical and emotional health through athletic activity. Since 1966 it has been observed on the anniversary of the first day of the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: musical instrument

piano word - One in which all of its letters can be played as notes on a musical instrument (e.g. cabbage). More...

cord, chord - Cord comes from Greek khorde, "gut, string of a musical instrument," and chord is a refashioning of cord. More...

sweet potato - An informal name for the ocarina, a musical instrument. More...

tone color - The same as timbre, the quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. More...

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