Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 12, 2019)
Word of the Day

bird's-eye

Definition:(adjective) As from an altitude or distance.
Synonyms:panoramic
Usage: Another pedestrian had entered from the other end…with an astrakhan collar to his coat on this warm night, and a black slouch hat that hid his features from my bird's-eye view.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause and one dependent clause. What is the independent clause also known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Fauxhawk

In the early 1980s, the hairstyle known as the mohawk—named after the Native American tribe of the same name–became popular among young people in the punk subculture. The look is achieved by shaving both sides of the head and leaving a strip of hair on the crest of the scalp. Decades later, the fauxhawk was introduced. A portmanteau of faux—meaning fake—and mohawk, the hairstyle is created without shaving the hair on the sides of the head. What celebrities helped to popularize the fauxhawk? More...
This Day in History

First American Girl Scouts Meeting (1912)

After meeting Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low organized the first meeting of the Girl Scouts in the US in Savannah, Georgia. There were only 18 girls at the first meeting, but within a few decades, the organization boasted hundreds of thousands of participants. More than 50 million American women have participated in the Girl Scouts since then, learning practical skills through character-building activities. What was the original name of the Girl Scouts? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838)

At the age of 15, Perkin entered the Royal College of Chemistry in London. It was there, just a few years later, that he discovered the first synthetic dye. Since antiquity, purple garments had been a mark of royalty, as natural purple dyes had to be extracted from mollusks or insects and were thus quite expensive. The lab-created dye made Perkin a wealthy man. In 1906, the chemist was knighted. At the time of his discovery, he had had been trying to create a synthetic version of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gregory's Day (2021)

St. Gregory, a sixth-century monk who became pope, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren and scholars. In Belgium, schoolchildren rise early on March 12 and parade through the streets dressed as "little soldiers of St. Gregory." They carry a big basket for gifts and are accompanied by a noisy drummer. The young girls in the procession wear big shoulder bows that resemble the wings of a butterfly. They march from house to house, pausing at each door to sing a song and to ask for treats, and the procession always includes a group of angels. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: procedure

process, procedure - A process is a set or series of actions directed to some end or a natural series of changes; a procedure is a series of actions conducted in a certain manner, an established way of doing something. More...

ceremonially, ceremoniously - Ceremonially relates to the performance of a procedure; ceremoniously relates to the performer of the procedure. More...

procedure, process, proceed - Procedure, process, and proceed come from Latin procedere, "to go forward." More...

seder - The Hebrew word for "order, procedure"; it is the ceremonial Jewish dinner held on the first night of Passover. More...

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