Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

seminal

Definition:(adjective) Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development.
Synonyms:germinal, originative
Usage: He prepared a speech describing his experiment, never realizing that his presentation would be the seminal event in the development of a new theory.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Categories of Prepositions

Prepositions can be divided into eight categories: time, place, direction or movement, agency, instrument or device, reason or purpose, connection, and origin. However, many prepositions will fall under two or more categories. In that case, how can you determine what type of preposition is being used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich of steak, cheese, and onions that is considered to be a city icon. Responsibility for its invention is claimed by Philadelphia's Olivieri brothers, who began selling it at their hot dog stand near south Philadelphia's Italian Market in the 1930s. Today, a number of long-running rival establishments each claim loyal followings, and Philadelphians enthusiastically debate the merits of each shop's recipe. What types of cheese are commonly used on cheesesteaks? More...
This Day in History

UNIVAC Computer Delivered to the US Census Bureau (1951)

By 1870, the US population was so large that hand-counting the census was no longer feasible. Despite the invention of a counting machine, by the time the 1880 census was tabulated, it was almost 1890. Dealing with so much data remained a problem until the late 1940s, when the Census Bureau commissioned the first civilian computer. In 1951, it was used to count part of the 1950 census and was so successful that the bureau bought another. What presidential election did UNIVAC correctly predict? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Haydn (1732)

The principal shaper of the Classical style, Haydn was an Austrian composer who exerted major influence on his contemporaries, including Mozart, and future composers. The first great symphonist, he composed 106 symphonies and virtually invented the string quartet. By his later years, he was recognized internationally as the greatest living composer. He composed important works in almost every genre. What legendary composer was a student of Haydn? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

broken-hearted

Very sad, typically due to a tragic event or the end of a romantic relationship. More...
Today's Holiday

Transfer Day (2016)

On March 31, 1917, the US government formally purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for the sum of $25 million. The US purchased them primarily for their strategic importance, and they are still considered a vital key to the defense of the Panama Canal Zone and the Caribbean. Transfer Day is usually observed in the islands with a parade and other public festivities. There was a major celebration in 1967, 50 years after the transfer took place, with events that underscored Danish-American friendship and a reenactment of the original transfer ceremony of 1917. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: heels

sparable - A headless nail used for soles and heels of shoes. More...

recalcitrant - Comes from Latin recalcitrare, "kick out with the heels," from calx, "heel." More...

heel - The crusty ends of a loaf of bread are its heels. More...

Dog Star - Named for its appearing to follow at the heels of Orion the hunter. More...

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