Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

reprobate

Definition:(noun) A morally unprincipled person.
Synonyms:miscreant
Usage: The prison was full of notorious reprobates.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Adverbial Phrases

An "adverbial phrase" (also known as an "adverb phrase") is a group of words that functions as an adverb in a sentence. What do adverbial phrases typically give descriptions of? More...
Article of the Day

The Loveland Frog

In 1955, a businessman reported seeing a frog-faced humanlike creature under a bridge in Loveland, Ohio. Nearly 20 years later, local police reportedly sighted the elusive creature, dubbed the Loveland Frog, and unsuccessfully attempted to shoot it. One of the officers allegedly described the creature as standing 3 to 4 feet tall, weighing between 50 to 75 pounds, having leathery skin, a frog- or lizard-like face, and, possibly, a tail. What are some explanations for these sightings? More...
This Day in History

Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis's invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis's fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond? More...
Today's Birthday

Emile Berliner (1851)

After apprenticing as a printer in Germany, Berliner immigrated to the US and became interested in the new audio technologies of his day. He patented a series of improvements to Alexander Graham Bell's recently invented telephone before turning his attention to the phonograph. In 1888, he introduced the first flat disc recording, a marked improvement over Thomas Edison's recording cylinders for the phonograph and a precursor of the modern record. What were some of Berliner's other inventions? More...
Quotation of the Day
The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

not any hard feelings

No ill will; no resentment or anger. More...
Today's Holiday

Shavuot (2018)

Shavuot ("weeks") is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals. At one time, all adult male Jews were expected to bring their first omer, or "sheaf," of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering. Today dairy dishes are associated with Shavuot, particularly cheese blintzes. After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot celebrated Moses' return from the top of Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments, and it is therefore also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law. Jews living in Israel observe only the first day of Shavuot. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: removal

beheadment - The removal of an initial letter of a word to form a new word (e.g. blather becomes lather). More...

curtailment - The removal of the last letter of a word to leave another word (e.g. goon becomes goo). More...

detail - Comes from French de-, "removal," and tailler, "cut in pieces," and means "to relate or describe minutely." More...

water softening - The removal of calcium and magnesium ions from water, or their replacement with sodium, either by chemical reaction or by ion exchange. More...

In the News

Exercise May Cut Risk of 13 Cancers, Study Suggests

Exercise may significantly reduce your risk for many types of cancer, including some of the most lethal forms of the disease, a large review suggests. Working out for even a couple of hours a week appears to shrink the risk of breast, colon and lung ... More...
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