Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 16, 2022)
Word of the Day

deleterious

Definition:(adjective) Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Synonyms:injurious, hurtful
Usage: A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Viewpoint Adverbs to Indicate a Point of View

Many common viewpoint adverbs are actually adverbials, or groups of words that function together as an adverb. "In my opinion" is a common viewpoint adverbial used to indicate that one is expressing a personal point of view. What are some other viewpoint adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Saffron

Saffron is a plant native to Asia Minor, where for centuries it has been cultivated for its aromatic orange-yellow stigmas—one of the world's most expensive spices. When handpicked and dried, the stigmas yield saffron powder, the source of the principal yellow dye of the ancient world. The plant is still grown in limited quantities for the powder, which is used in medicines and perfumes and for flavoring. How many flowers must be harvested to produce one pound (0.45 kg) of dry saffron? More...
This Day in History

Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)

In March 1993, astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy made the first observation of a comet orbiting a planet rather than the Sun. Sixteen months later, fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter's southern hemisphere, providing the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects. The impact left prominent scars that some said were more easily visible than the planet's Great Red Spot. How did the event highlight Jupiter's role as "cosmic vacuum cleaner"? More...
Today's Birthday

Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie's resignation in 1952? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

Idiom of the Day

vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) More...
Today's Holiday

La Paz Day (2022)

Bolivia was officially established as an independent country on August 6, 1825, an event now commemorated each year on Bolivia Independence Day. The capital city of La Paz, however, celebrates its own Independence Day on July 16. The holiday commemorates the date in 1809 when Pedro Domingo Murillo led a revolt of mestizos, or those of mixed European and South American heritage, against the Spanish authorities. July 16 is now a municipal holiday in La Paz, and the day is celebrated with parades, concerts, fireworks, and dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: implied

subaudition - The act of understanding something that is implied but not overtly expressed; the act of reading between the lines or otherwise understanding a message that is implicit. More...

tacenda, tacit - Tacenda are things not to be mentioned or made public—things better left unsaid; tacit means "unspoken, silent" or "implied, inferred." More...

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