Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

immutable

Definition:(adjective) Not subject or susceptible to change.
Synonyms:changeless
Usage: Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Placement of Verbs in a Sentence

Finite verbs often directly follow the subjects whose actions they are describing. This location allows for a clear connection between the subject and the verb. Where do non-finite verbs generally appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Amish Woodworking

In Amish culture, furniture making is a skill passed down from generation to generation, and many families are known for their distinct detail work. Made primarily by the Amish of Ohio and Indiana, the all-wood furniture is recognized for its quality and workmanship. Amish woodworkers, who view their products as both functional objects and works of art, hand-pick each piece of wood to match the specific item being crafted. What alternative energy sources are sometimes used by the woodworkers? More...
This Day in History

Alger Hiss Is Released from Prison (1954)

Though Hiss maintained his innocence until his death in 1996, the controversy surrounding his case persists today. Once a US government official, Hiss was accused before the House Un-American Activities Committee of spying for Russia. Though he could not be tried for espionage under the statute of limitations, he was convicted of perjury and served 44 months in prison. Many believed he had been wrongly convicted. However, Soviet files released in 1996 seem to implicate him. Who was his accuser? More...
Today's Birthday

Anders Celsius (1701)

Celsius was a Swedish astronomer who published observations of the aurora borealis and supervised the building of an observatory at Uppsala, Sweden, where he pioneered the measurement of the brightness of stars. Today, however, he is better known for an invention that has been adopted by almost the entire world—the centigrade, or Celsius, thermometer. Originally, his temperature scale had 0 as its boiling point and 100 as its freezing point. Who reversed the numbers after Celsius died? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

the keys to the kingdom

A resource that will give the possessor access to the most complete or profound knowledge or power possible in a given area or pursuit. A reference to Matthew 16:19, when Jesus said to Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." More...
Today's Holiday

Zwiebelmarkt (2017)

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: television

vidiot - An undiscriminating viewer of television or video recordings. More...

gaffer - In television and film, the senior electrician. More...

sixty-four dollar question, sixty-four thousand dollar question - The sixty-four dollar question on the U.S. radio quiz (1942) became the sixty-four thousand dollar question on television (1955). More...

square eyes - Used to describe someone addicted to television. More...

In the News

Babies learn what words mean before they can use them

Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. ”I think it's especially intriguing that we find evidence that for infants, even their early ... More...
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