Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

presentiment

Definition:(noun) A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
Synonyms:boding, foreboding, premonition
Usage: We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Separating Items in a List with Semicolons

When writing lists, we usually use commas to separate the individual elements. However, we use semicolons to make the division between the items clearer when one or more items in a list already includes what? More...
Article of the Day

Polymers

Both DNA and plastic, two seemingly unrelated materials, are classified as polymers, compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds. A diverse assortment of natural and synthetic materials comprises the class of polymers, including hair, polyester, and shellac. Polymers are even used in the production of microprocessor parts. What is the process that produces polymers called? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's) hands together (for someone or something)

To applaud (someone or something); to clap. More...
Today's Holiday

Braemar Highland Gathering (2018)

In the 11th century, King Malcolm held a gathering of the Scottish clans in Braemar to test their strength and to choose the hardiest soldiers. Competitors were asked to toss the caber—a pole 16' to 20' long and weighing 120 pounds—in such a way that it landed on its other end. The Braemar Gathering is still an annual event in the village of Braemar in Scotland, and the participants are still required to wear kilts and toss the caber. But the event has been expanded to include traditional Highland dancing, bagpipe music, games, and other athletic competitions as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lout

bohunk - A lout—but was first a derogatory term for a Hungarian or person of east-central Europe, based on Bohemian Hungarian. More...

oafo - A hooligan or a lout. More...

lob - Comes from an old noun meaning "something pendulous." More...

lout - To treat with contempt. More...

In the News

Rosetta Caught Close-Up Footage of a Comet Eruption

This February, something strange happened on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet that the Rosetta probe has been orbiting since 2014. There was an eruption, with gas and dust flying everywhere, and it was caught on film by Rosetta, as the probe ... More...
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