Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 26, 2016)
Word of the Day

obtuse

Definition:(adjective) Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
Synonyms:dumb, slow, dense, dim, dull
Usage: Though he was generally regarded as obtuse by his fellow students, his math scores were the highest in the class.
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

Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Often called "China's Mona Lisa," Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a 17-ft (5.2-m) long panoramic painting that depicts life during the Song dynasty. The subject of several similar works painted over the next few hundred years, the 12th-century original depicts 814 people in a bucolic countryside and busy city and reveals some of the nuances of class structure at the time. Why do some scholars question the traditionally accepted translation of the painting's name? 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
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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...

In the News

Is the Moon's Gravity Lopsided?

The moon has been orbiting the Earth for billions of years. In that time, our planet has formed a special gravitational bond with our natural satellite, locking it into place with one side always facing us. Over time, the moon's rotational period came to match its ... More...
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