Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

unstinting

Definition:(adjective) Bestowed liberally.
Synonyms:lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing
Usage: Her suitor's unstinting devotion was flattering yet slightly unsettling.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Joining Coordinate Adjectives

When we use multiple adjectives to describe the same noun, we may or may not use commas between them, depending on how the adjectives function together. In general, we do use commas between coordinate adjectives. What are coordinate adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Centralia, Pennsylvania

A modern-day ghost town, Centralia, Pennsylvania, is the site of an underground coal mine fire that has been burning for nearly 50 years. In 1962, the planned burning of a landfill ignited an exposed vein of coal, leading to an underground conflagration that now underlies approximately 400 acres (1.6 sq km). The state has condemned all of Centralia's buildings, yet a handful of residents remain there, despite sinkholes, escaping gases, and health warnings. How long is the fire expected to burn? 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
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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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