Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 29, 2019)
Word of the Day

convolute

Definition:(verb) Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive.
Synonyms:pervert, sophisticate, twist
Usage: Her lawyer had warned her that the prosecutor would convolute her testimony and use it to implicate her in the crime, but it still shocked her to see him do it so shamelessly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Determiners

Determiners do two things. First, they signal that a noun or noun phrase will follow. Then, they give information about the item. What are demonstrative determiners? More...
Article of the Day

The Blast Furnace

Blast furnaces are apparatuses that extract metal from ore by removing oxygen from metal oxide. These tall, cylindrical smelting furnaces are fed from the top with a mix of ore, coke, and a flux, commonly limestone, while preheated compressed air is introduced under pressure from the bottom. As the contents become molten, the metal sinks and impurities, called slag, float to the top. Blast furnaces were first used in China more than 2,000 years ago. When did they appear in Europe? More...
This Day in History

Charles II of England Restored to Throne (1660)

After Oliver Cromwell's death in 1658, the English republican experiment soon faltered. A strong reaction set in against Puritan supremacy and military control, and opinion favored recalling the exiled king. Charles II was persuaded to issue the Declaration of Breda, granting amnesty to former enemies of the house of Stuart, and return to England. As king, Charles reopened the country's theaters, which Cromwell's Puritanical government had closed, and encouraged what bawdy theatrical genre? More...
Today's Birthday

John F. Kennedy (1917)

A decorated veteran of World War II, Kennedy was the youngest man and first Catholic to be elected US President, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy drafted an ambitious domestic program, but his proposed civil rights legislation languished, and his administration became enmeshed in foreign crises, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Vietnam War. What technological medium is credited with helping Kennedy win the presidency? More...
Quotation of the Day
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

pound sand

To engage in pointless, menial efforts or labor. Used especially as an imperative to express disdain, contempt, or dismissal. More...
Today's Holiday

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (2022)

This marks the anniversary of the death in 1892 of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i religion. "Ascension" is not meant literally, but is considered the ascension of the spirit. The day is one of nine Baha'i holy days on which work is suspended. It is observed by gathering together at 3:00 a.m., the time of Baha'u'llah's death in Acre, Palestine (now Israel), for prayers and sometimes readings from Baha'i historical works. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snake

squamous, squamulose - A fish or snake can be squamous or squamulose—covered with minute scales. More...

adder - A snake, it was first "a nadder," which was misanalyzed to "an adder." More...

snark - A blend of snake and shark by Lewis Carroll, it is a synonym for "snore" or "snort." More...

tang - The tongue of a snake. More...

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