Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

soupcon

Definition:(noun) A very small amount; a trace.
Synonyms:mite, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck, touch
Usage: This dish could use a soupcon of salt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence. What is a direct object? More...
Article of the Day

The Flu

Influenza, commonly known as “flu,” is a highly contagious viral disease that is characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and muscle pain. The word influenza stems from the Latin root influentia, meaning "influence of the stars," because before people knew that organisms cause disease, they thought that the stars influenced the spread of influenza. Between 1918 and 1919, how many people were killed in a worldwide lethal flu pandemic? More...
This Day in History

First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees. About how many trees were planted on the first Arbor Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

castle in the air

A hope or wish, especially for one's life, that is unlikely to come true. A daydream. More...
Today's Holiday

Passover (2017)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and by Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: marking

pastry wheel, pastry jagger - A pastry wheel or pastry jagger is a handled tool with a thin sharp wheel, used for marking and cutting rolled-out dough. More...

stocking - A white marking on the lower part of a horse's leg. More...

on the dot - Probably a reference to the minute hand of the clock being exactly over the dot marking the given minute on the dial. More...

hilum - The scar on a seed marking the point where it was attached to its seed vessel. More...

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