Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

perusal

Definition:(noun) Reading carefully with intent to remember.
Synonyms:poring over, studying
Usage: Many biographies have been written about her, but a perusal of her personal diaries is still the best way to learn about her life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Absolute Phrases

An absolute phrase (also known as an absolute construction) is a grammatically independent group of words that serves to modify an entire sentence. Because an absolute phrase is not an integral part of the sentence, how is it always set apart? More...
Article of the Day

Olive Oil

Traditionally, olive oil, a yellow to greenish vegetable oil, was produced by crushing olives in mortars or beam presses. Modern processing involves mixing a ground olive paste with water, and extracting the oil using a centrifuge. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin, where olive oil has been used for millennia as lighting fuel, anointing oil, and in food preparation. Recent scientific evidence suggests olive oil may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes; how? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907)

As a physicist working at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in the 1940s, McMillan helped discover plutonium and neptunium. The latter was the first transuranic—having a heavier nucleus than uranium—element to be discovered. For his work in that field, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with chemist Glenn Seaborg. He was also involved in research on radar, sonar, and nuclear weapons during WWII and is credited with building the first synchrotron—which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiestas Patrias (2017)

Fiestas Patrias is the national two-day holiday in Chile celebrating Independence Day, September 18, and Army Day, September 19. In the days preceding the holiday, fondas (fairs) pop up throughout Chile, and it is a popular time for Chilean rodeo. Huasos (cowboys) compete against one another by attempting to pin a calf against the wall of the medialuna, or arena, with their horse, and are awarded points based on which part of the horse is touching the calf. Because September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, Fiestas Patrias is also a popular occasion for kite flying. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lighter

dinner, supper - Dinner is the main meal of the day; supper is the last meal of the day and lighter than dinner. More...

short crust - Lighter and crispier than regular pastry crust. More...

spring roll - Smaller than egg rolls, they traditionally have a lighter, more delicate pastry wrap. More...

etiolate - Become whiter or lighter, especially by not getting enough light. More...

In the News

Caffeine at Night May Disrupt the Body's Internal Clock

A small and preliminary study suggests that caffeine does more than serve as an eye-opener: When consumed a few hours before bed, the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world seems to disrupt the body's internal clock. And this could cause jet ... More...
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