Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

circumlocution

Definition:(noun) The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.
Synonyms:ambage, periphrasis, evasion
Usage: He is long-winded and prone to circumlocution in his public speeches.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Wh-" Questions

"Wh-" questions (or "question word questions") are questions that seek information by posing a question with a "wh-" question word ("who," "what," "where," "when," "why," and "how"). What kind of answer do these questions seek? More...
Article of the Day

Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom

In Roman religion, Minerva was the goddess of wisdom and war, as well as of handicrafts and the arts. Probably of Etruscan origin, she was worshiped in various parts of ancient Rome, most notably with Jupiter and Juno in the great Capitoline temple. Her temple on the Aventine Hill was a meeting place for skilled artisans, actors, and writers. Minerva came to be identified with what Greek goddess? More...
This Day in History

Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler Escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau (1944)

By 1944, transports were arriving daily at Auschwitz, carrying thousands of Jews destined for the gas chambers and crematoria. Prisoners Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler knew that someone had to warn the Jews about what was happening to their deported brethren and alert the world to the atrocities being committed, so they mounted a daring escape and made their way to Slovakia, where they presented a detailed report on the concentration camp to Jewish officials. How did they break out of the camp? More...
Today's Birthday

Frances Perkins (1880)

Though Perkins was already extraordinarily accomplished by the time she was appointed US Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the decision to appoint a woman to the cabinet was bitterly criticized by business and political leaders. In her unusually long 12-year term, Perkins advocated reforms such as a minimum wage, a maximum workweek, and unemployment compensation. She helped develop the Social Security Act of 1935. What book did she write after leaving office? More...
Quotation of the Day
I well believe it, to unwilling ears; None love the messenger who brings bad news.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

me three

humorous An expression of concurrence, agreement, or willingness to participate in addition to others. Said after someone has said "me too" (i.e., "me as well"), thus creating a pun of "too" and "two." More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2018)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and later The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whirl

turbine - Came from Latin turbo, "whirl, whirling thing." More...

twirl - May be a blend of twist and whirl. More...

warble - Has the underlying notion of "whirling around"; for sounds, it took on the meaning "whirl of notes; trill." More...

whorl - A variant of whirl, it first meant "small flywheel." More...

In the News

Brontosaurus Finally Validated as a Distinct Dinosaur

On the edge of the solar system, the dwarf planet Pluto, which knows what it feels like to be banished from an exclusive club, may be cheering for the brontosaurus. While the long-necked dinosaur's name may be known by legions of fans and even made it on ... More...
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