Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

emollient

Definition:(adjective) Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
Synonyms:demulcent, salving, softening
Usage: In the winter, she applied emollient cream to her hands to prevent the skin from cracking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adjuncts

Adjuncts are parts of a sentence that are used to elaborate on or modify other words or phrases in a sentence. Along with subjects, verbs, objects, and complements, adjuncts are one of the five main components of the structure of clauses. What is a distinguishing feature of adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Cumin

Cumin is a low annual herb of the parsley family. Its fruits resemble the related caraway and are similarly used in cooking. Drought tolerant and requiring long hot summers for healthy growth, cumin was originally cultivated in Iran and the Mediterranean region. It is mentioned in the Bible and was known to the ancient Greeks, who kept cumin at the dining table and used it much like black pepper is frequently used today. What spice is often mistaken for cumin? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Classifies Tomatoes as Vegetables, Not Fruit (1893)

To most of us, a fruit is a sweet plant part eaten as a dessert or snack, but to a botanist, a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A vegetable, on the other hand, is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. The tomato—one of the newer additions to world cuisine—can be said to meet both criteria but is technically a fruit. Why was the Supreme Court tasked with classifying the tomato in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Stresemann (1878)

A German statesman, Stresemann entered the Reichstag in 1907 as a deputy of the National Liberal party. During World War I, he supported the monarchy and an annexationist policy, but after the proclamation of a German republic in 1918, he founded the conservative German People's party and turned to a conciliatory policy. As chancellor and foreign minister of the Weimar Republic from 1923, he worked to reconcile former enemy nations to Germany. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

not in a month of Sundays

Not at any point; under absolutely no circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa del Grillo (2018)

On Ascension Day in Florence, Italy, crowds gather in the Cascine—a public park along the banks of the Arno River—to celebrate the Festa del Grillo, or Cricket Festival, the chirping cricket being a traditional symbol of spring. Food stalls are set up in the park, and there are balloons and other souvenirs for sale. People used to catch their own crickets, but today they buy them in brightly painted cages. The children carry their crickets through the park and later hang the cages outside their windows. If the grillo sings to them, it means they'll have good luck. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interchangeable

although, though - Although and though are interchangeable as conjunctions, but to start a clause, use although. More...

fungible - Interchangeable, returnable, or easily replaced. More...

convertible - If terms are interchangeable or synonymous, they are convertible. More...

inalienable, unalienable - Inalienable and unalienable are interchangeable for "unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor." More...

In the News

Space junk roulette: What are the odds of being hit?

This past week, the fall from space of an out-of-control Russian spacecraft into the Pacific Ocean relied on fairly good odds that no one would be hurt by debris raining down from the sky. We got lucky this time; but is beating the odds the best way to ensure ... More...
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