Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

slacker

Definition:(noun) One who shirks work or duty, especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime.
Synonyms:shirker
Usage: My partner was a slacker, so I had to do all the work on the project.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Sentences

A sentence, whether short or long, must express a complete idea; and a complete sentence must consist of at least one independent clause. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Deepest Ocean

In 1951, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Challenger II surveyed the Challenger Deep trench of the Pacific Ocean, located between Indonesia and Japan, establishing it as the deepest known point of any ocean on Earth. Less than a decade later, a US Navy deep-sea diving submersible descended to the trench floor. There, the crew observed small sole and flounder and noted that the floor consisted of diatomaceous ooze. What is the maximum depth surveyed at the Challenger Deep? More...
This Day in History

Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851)

Five years after being granted a patent for the first practical sewing machine, Howe patented his design for a zipper-like garment fastener. However, he never put much effort into marketing this invention, perhaps due to the great success of his sewing machine, and today, credit for the zipper's development is largely given to Whitcomb Judson, who demonstrated his innovative slide-fastener design 42 years later at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. How did the zipper get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Carrie Nation (1846)

Nation was an American temperance advocate with an unorthodox style of destroying saloons with a hatchet while supporters sang hymns. Her passion was likely fueled by her first husband's alcoholism. Though she was successful in focusing public attention on the cause of prohibition, most temperance organizations were hesitant to support her. At 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, Nation was hard to contain and was arrested 30 times before declining health forced her retirement. How did she pay her fines? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

take a seat

To be seated; to select a place to sit. (Often an invitation or request.) More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Christ the King (2018)

In 1925, Pope Pius XI established the last Sunday in October as the Feast of Christ the King. He did so in order to remind people of Christ's everlasting authority over the people of the earth, thereby signaling the church's resistance to the rising tide of secular values and ideas in politics as well as in social matters. In 1970 the Roman Catholic Church moved the feast to the last Sunday before Advent begins, as did the Episcopal Church and some other churches in the Anglican Communion. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: understood

transpicuous - Describing something easily seen through or understood. More...

passive vocabulary - Contains lexemes we know and understand but do no actively use (in writing or speech). More...

scrutable - Describing that which can be understood through scrutiny. More...

esoteric - Its root sense is "for the initiates of a religious mystery," and it means "confined to or understood by just a few people." More...

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