Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

endothermic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or causing the absorption of heat; endoergic.
Synonyms:heat-absorbing, endothermal
Usage: Endothermic reactions are often described as reactions that "feel cold," and they contrast with exothermic reactions, in which heat is released.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Speech

Grammatical speech refers to how we report something another person said. Depending on how we do this, we sometimes have to inflect the verbs that we use. Speech is usually divided between what two types? More...
Article of the Day

Mandala Airlines Flight 091

On September 5, 2005, a Jakarta-bound jetliner operated by Mandala Airlines crashed into a heavily populated residential area mere seconds after taking off from Polonia International Airport. At least 39 people on the ground and 104 passengers reportedly died in the incident. The plane had been inspected only a few months earlier and was deemed airworthy. Some suspect that the crash resulted from illegal overloading of the flight. Supposedly, more than two tons of what was onboard? More...
This Day in History

Peter Sutcliffe Charged in the "Yorkshire Ripper" Case (1981)

From 1975 to 1981, the Yorkshire area of England was terrorized by a string of murders. Though hundreds of investigators worked to find the killer, they were hampered by false leads, and the case generated so much paperwork that real clues were buried. After Sutcliffe was arrested for having stolen license plates, police noticed his similarity to the killer. What item found in a victim's purse allowed investigators to narrow down the search to a group of 8,000 people—one that included Sutcliffe? More...
Today's Birthday

Constanze Mozart (1762)

When famed Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791, he left his beloved 29-year-old wife, Constanze—herself a musician—with two young children and an uncertain financial outlook. Constanze went to work. She arranged for a pension from the emperor, organized memorial concerts, and collaborated on a biography of her late husband. Today, she is recognized as much for her business sense as for her influence on her husband's music. Which of her sisters did Wolfgang originally pursue? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

loaded word

A word that carries additional emotional weight or significance—whether positive or negative—beyond its literal meaning. More...
Today's Holiday

Epiphany Eve (2018)

Also known in Austria as the Vigil of Epiphany, there is traditionally a special feast on this night during which an Epiphany cake is served. Three beans are concealed in the cake—two white, one black—and whoever finds a bean in his or her portion gets to dress up as one of the Three Wise Men or Holy Kings. The one with the black bean dresses up as the African king, Balthasar, by rubbing his face with soot or shoe polish. On Epiphany Day the three kings are the guests of honor at the table. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nap

nap - A pretend hit or strike in a theatrical performance. More...

teasel - A tool for raising the nap of something. More...

crushed velvet - Has its nap pointing in different directions in irregular patches. More...

nap - As in a short sleep, it comes from Old English hnappian, "to sleep lightly." More...

In the News

Why Google and Ford Would Want to Team Up on Self-Driving Cars

Could a game-changing deal between Internet giant Google and automotive behemoth Ford usher in a new era of self-driving cars? If such a partnership is true, it could help Google move much more swiftly into an important new sector with a big automaker with ... More...
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