Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

phloem

Definition:(noun) The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.
Synonyms:bast
Usage: "Girdling" a tree, or cutting through its phloem tubes, results in the starvation of the roots and, ultimately, the death of the tree.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjugation

Conjugation refers to the way we inflect (change the form of) verbs to create particular meanings. What is grammatical tense? More...
Article of the Day

Bookbinding

The craft of bookbinding began simply, with the use of boards to protect parchment manuscripts. By the 2nd century, sheets of parchment were being folded and sewn together. During the Middle Ages, the practice of making fine bindings for these sewn volumes rose to great heights; books were rare and precious articles, and many were treated with exquisite gilded and jeweled bindings. What is the uncommon practice of binding books in human skin, a technique dating back to the 17th century, called? More...
This Day in History

Casablanca Premieres (1942)

One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three Oscars, Casablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is an American expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who "stick[s his] neck out for nobody." But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine's resolve is tested. To what did Bogart's son compare the controversial colorization of the black-and-white classic? More...
Today's Birthday

Willis Haviland Carrier (1876)

While developing a dehumidifier for the Buffalo Forge Company in the early 1900s, American engineer Willis Carrier discovered that circulating air over cold pipes not only removes water from the air but also cools it. He became the father of air conditioning, holding over 80 patents and dominating air conditioner manufacturing with his company, Carrier Corporation. He invented a practical air conditioning system for skyscrapers in 1939. What did he call his invention when he patented it in 1906? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

go for a spin (to some place)

To go for a brief, leisurely drive (to some place). More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2018)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: throwing

missile - First an adjective meaning "suitable for throwing." More...

precipitate, precipitation - Precipitate is from Latin praecipitare, "to throw or drive headlong"; precipitation first meant the action of falling or throwing down. More...

throw - Its original sense was "twist, turn," as in throwing a pot on a potter's wheel; it is not known how it evolved into "hurl, project." More...

gone to pot - Comes from Elizabethan times, when leftover meat was thrown into a big pot for another meal. More...

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