Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 13, 2022)
Word of the Day

flapjack

Definition:(noun) A flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle.
Synonyms:flannel-cake, battercake, flapcake, hotcake, pancake, griddlecake
Usage: His flapjacks were so thin and light that they could have passed for crêpes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Subject

The subject in a sentence or clause is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. Only that which has the grammatical function of a noun can be the subject of a clause. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Lucky Clover

The four-leaf clover is a rare mutation of the common three-leaf clover. There are an estimated 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. Believed to be an omen of good luck, the four-leaf clover's leaves represent faith, hope, love, and luck. It is not the only famous type of clover, however. The five-leaf clover is actually said to be luckier, while the three-leaf clover is Ireland's emblem, also known as a shamrock. What is the greatest number of leaves ever found on one clover? More...
This Day in History

Cortés Conquers Tenochtitlán (1521)

Tenochtitlán was the flourishing capital of the Aztec Empire with an estimated population of between 200,000 and 300,000, a unique system of lake agriculture known as chinampas, and a ceremonial precinct that contained a great pyramid sacred to the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli. Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés was chased from the city in 1520, but returned a year later, took the city after a three-month siege, and razed it. What tragedy helped Cortés to defeat the Aztecs this time? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvador Luria (1912)

Luria was an Italian biologist who began his career in Paris studying the effects of radiation on bacteriophages—viruses that infect bacteria. After immigrating to the US during World War II, he started using bacteriophages to study such fundamental life processes as self-replication and mutation, along with Alfred Hershey and Max Delbrück. For their efforts, the three biologists shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in physiology. What famous scientific breakthrough came from one of Luria's students? More...
Quotation of the Day
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Idiom of the Day

yardarm to yardarm

outdated Really close together. More...
Today's Holiday

Nemoralia (2022)

The Nemoralia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the goddess Diana held at Nemi, in the territory of Aricia about 16 miles southeast of Rome. Diana was worshipped throughout Rome and Latium (now western Italy) on August 13, the day on which her temple on the Aventine Hill had been dedicated by Servius Tullius. But her most famous cult was in Aricia, where the Nemoralia was observed to protect the vines and the fruit trees. It is still common in some parts of the Orthodox Christian Church for worshippers to make offerings of new wheat and cakes to the Theotokos on that day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hire

freelance - Comes from the knights whose lances were free for hire and who were not pledged to one master; originally, a freelance was a free companion or a person free of occupational or political party obligation or allegiance. More...

hire - As a noun, it originally meant the payment for the use of something. More...

claque - A group of people hired to applaud an act or performer. More...

dry lease, wet lease - To rent an aircraft without a crew is a dry lease; a wet lease is to hire an aircraft with a crew. More...

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