Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

farinaceous

Definition:(adjective) Composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency.
Synonyms:grainy, granular, gritty, coarse-grained, mealy
Usage: My husband's cooking efforts have left a farinaceous residue in my frying pan that I do not look forward to cleaning.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Absolute Phrases

We generally use absolute phrases at the beginning of a sentence to introduce additional information, or at the end of a sentence to provide a final comment on the sentence as a whole. It is also possible to use an absolute phrase in the middle of a sentence. What does that placement add to the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Byford Dolphin

The Byford Dolphin is a drilling rig operating in the North Sea. It is known for having suffered several serious accidents, most notably an explosive decompression that killed five workers in Norwegian waters in 1983. The incident eventually led to a lawsuit against the Norwegian government, which compensated the families of the divers 26 years after the tragedy, after a report blaming the accident on faulty equipment surfaced. What other accidents have occurred aboard the rig? More...
This Day in History

Leningrad's Name Reverts to Saint Petersburg (1991)

Russia's second largest city, Saint Petersburg is a major seaport, rail junction, and industrial, cultural, and scientific center. The city was built in 1703 by Peter the Great, who sought an outlet to the sea and a port for trade through the Baltic. It was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 to 1917. The city's name was changed to Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad in 1924. The city's original name, Saint Petersburg, was restored in 1991. Who made the decision to restore the original name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Addams (1860)

In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the first social settlements in the US. Based on the settlements begun in England by Samuel Barnett, Hull House served as a community center for the poor and as a center for social reform, and influenced the settlement movement throughout the country. An active reformer throughout her career, Addams was a leader in the women's suffrage and pacifist movements. With whom did she share the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

cloud the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. More...
Today's Holiday

Aloha Festivals (2019)

Aloha Festivals is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Once a week-long event called Aloha Week, it's now a two-month affair with 300 events that starts in Honolulu in early September and runs through the end of October, with a week of festivities on every island of Hawaii. The celebrations include canoe races between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, coronations of royal courts as commemorations of the former Hawaiian monarchy, street parties, cultural events, parades, and pageantry. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: summit

colophon - A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke." More...

knoll - The summit or rounded top of a mountain or hill, it seems to derive from Old Teutonic knoo-lo, meaning "ball, clod, knot." More...

acrobat - Derived from Greek akrobatos, "walking on tiptoe," from Greek akron, "summit," and baino, "walk." More...

knap - The crest or summit of a hill. More...

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