Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

transversal

Definition:(adjective) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis.
Synonyms:cross, thwartwise
Usage: The transversal beams of the building's frame were to be made of steel, not wood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interjections

An interjection, also known as an exclamation, is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. What are primary interjections? More...
Article of the Day

Goiters

A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland that can lead to a prominent swelling in the front of the neck—sometimes nearly doubling its size. While the thyroid normally weighs 0.5 to 0.9 oz (15 to 25 g), goitrous thyroid glands can grow to more than 2 lb (1,000 g) and may interfere with breathing and swallowing and cause a choking feeling. A goiter can be caused by underproduction or overproduction of hormones, but endemic goiter, the most common type, results from a deficiency of what? More...
This Day in History

First Emmy Awards for Excellence in Television (1949)

The Emmy Awards are given for outstanding achievement in US television. They are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1946 and which held the first award ceremony in 1949. Its members vote on outstanding programs, actors, directors, and writers in such categories as drama, comedy, and variety. The Emmy's name is taken from the nickname "immy" for the image orthicon, a television camera tube. Who won the very first Emmy? More...
Today's Birthday

Govert Teuniszoon Flinck (1615)

A student of Rembrandt, Flinck was a Dutch painter who is remembered mainly for his numerous portraits, many of which are held in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. Among his most famous works is the Blessing of Jacob, one of his many religious subjects. However, Flinck was also known for painting scenes from history, such as the Peace of Münster, which illustrates the famous treaty with 19 life-size figures. Flinck even painted his own likeness in the canvas. Where is it? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

hard knocks

The real and practical experiences of life, especially those involving hardship or adversity. More...
Today's Holiday

Sol (Korean Lunar New Year) (2020)

One of the biggest holidays of the year in Korea, Sol (or Seollal), the Lunar New Year, is celebrated largely by rural people and is a national holiday. On Sol, tradition calls for families to gather in their best clothes and for children to bow to parents and grandparents to reaffirm family ties. A soup made of rice dumplings called duggook is always served. It is customary to play yut, a game played with wooden blocks and a game board, and young girls bounce on a see-saw standing up. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thrust

thrust - Borrowed from Old Norse thrysta, "compress, thrust." More...

foin - To make a thrust or lunge with a pointed weapon. More...

contrude - To push, thrust, or crowd together. More...

extrude - Its Latin base is trudere, "thrust." More...

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