Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

unexampled

Definition:(adjective) Without precedent; unparalleled.
Synonyms:new
Usage: It was a time of unexampled prosperity, and the once poor family was able to move to a lovely mansion in an affluent neighborhood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Em Dashes with Missing Text

Occasionally, dashes can be used to represent words or parts of words that are omitted from a sentence. These can be intentional omissions, as for censorship purposes, or because the missing text is unknown. If only a part of a word is missing, how many em dashes in a row are used to indicate the missing letters? More...
Article of the Day

Order of the Solar Temple

Shrouded in mystery, the Order of the Solar Temple was a secret society founded in 1984 that claimed descent from the original Knights Templar. Though little information about the group has been confirmed, its practices are believed to incorporate elements of Protestantism, new age philosophy, and Freemasonry. In 1994, mass murder-suicides at Solar Temple lodges in Switzerland and Canada left over 100 dead. What artifact did one founder claim he was given in a previous life 1,000 years earlier? More...
This Day in History

Multimillionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Goes Missing (2007)

After earning millions as a stockbroker and investment consultant, Fossett began a second career as a sports adventurer. He swam the English Channel in 1985 and set many sailing records, but he is best known for his long-distance solo aviation triumphs, like becoming the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon in 2002. He disappeared while flying a private plane in Nevada in September 2007 and was declared dead five months later. When was his crash site finally discovered? More...
Today's Birthday

Marguerite Higgins (1920)

An American journalist, Higgins covered major world events, including the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the Nuremberg Trials, and was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. While reporting on the Korean War, she was expelled from Korea by US General Walton Walker—who said the military had no time to prepare accommodations for women—but when she appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, the ban was lifted. Higgins's life was cut short by a disease contracted while covering what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thou know'st the o'er-eager vehemence of youth,
How quick in temper, and in judgment weak.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

quake like a leaf

To tremble violently with fear or nervousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Detroit International Jazz Festival (2018)

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) is a celebration of the jazz music genre held annually in Detroit, Michigan, on Labor Day weekend. Billed as the world's largest free jazz festival, the DJF takes place over a period of four days, beginning on Friday evening and concluding on the Monday holiday. It presents more than 100 musical acts on six stages. Each year the performance lineup includes local and national jazz acts and covers the spectrum of the jazz genre, including funk, fusion, salsa, Afro-rhythms, R&B, and gospel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plaster

drywall, plasterboard - Drywall is a building material made of a sheet of plaster covered with heavy paper on both sides; it is also called plasterboard. More...

gypsum - From Semitic, a relative or ancestor of Arabic jibs and Hebrew gephes, "plaster." More...

plaster of Paris - So called because it is prepared from the gypsum of Paris, France. More...

trullization - Laying on plaster with a trowel. More...

In the News

Hyperloop pod breaks own high-speed record

Tests of the futuristic hyperloop transport system have managed to propel one of its pods at 355km/h (220mph). The tests establish a new record for the technology only days after a separate prototype hit 324km/h. Hyperloop puts pods in an airless ... More...
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