Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

interpenetrate

Definition:(verb) Spread or diffuse through.
Synonyms:imbue, permeate, pervade, diffuse, riddle, penetrate
Usage: Crossing his arms on his chest, as if to control this new sensation of delight, he drank in delicious draughts of that mysterious air which interpenetrates at night the loftiest forests.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen. Typically, what is the outcome? More...
Article of the Day

Sugar on Snow

Called "maple taffee" in English-speaking Canada, "tire d'érable" in French-speaking Canada, and "sugar on snow" in the US, maple candy is a confection made with just two ingredients: maple sap and snow. Part of traditional culture in Quebec and northern New England, the sweet is made by boiling maple sap to a certain temperature and pouring it in its molten state onto clean snow. The cold causes it to rapidly thicken, and it is served fresh. What unlikely food is often paired with the treat? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)

The Battle of Bosworth Field was the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses in which Henry Tudor defeated the royal forces of Richard III, the last king of the House of York. Richard was killed in battle, and Henry advanced to London and was crowned as Henry VII. In 1486, Henry married Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth, thus uniting the houses of York and Lancaster, ending the Wars of the Roses and founding the Tudor royal dynasty. This battle is featured in which of Shakespeare's plays? More...
Today's Birthday

Deng Xiaoping (1904)

Deng was a Chinese revolutionary and government leader. A veteran of the Long March, he became deputy premier in 1952 and soon joined the Politburo Standing Committee. He was ousted and reinstated several times and at one point was assigned to work in a tractor factory. From the late 1970s until his death in 1997, he was China's most powerful leader. He promoted a wide-reaching reform program that introduced free-enterprise elements into the economy. What was Deng's famous saying about a cat? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. More...
Today's Holiday

Hunterdon 4-H and Agricultural Fair (2019)

The New Jersey Agricultural Fair, held in Flemington, New Jersey, at the end of August, is a traditional agricultural fair that was started by a group of local farmers in 1856, making it one of the oldest state fairs in the country. It features a statewide 4-H lamb show and sale, a tractor pull, a horse and pony pull, and all types of car racing (mini-stocks, modified stocks, midgets, and super sprints). The fair also offers programs and exhibits of flowers, the 4-H organization, nurserymen, and various commercial enterprises. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snort

chortle - Probably a blend of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carroll. More...

frump - Also means a snort or a sneer or jeer. More...

snore, snort - Like snort, which originally meant "snore," snore is from a Germanic base imitative of the sound. More...

whoofle - To snort, gurgle, or snuffle. More...

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