Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 26, 2019)
Word of the Day

thieve

Definition:(verb) To steal (someone's possessions).
Synonyms:cop, glom, snitch, knock off, hook
Usage: The unscrupulous but skilled pickpocket thieved no fewer than a dozen wallets on even the slowest day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Misplaced Modifiers

When we use participles as adjectives, it's important that the noun modified is clearly stated and that the participle appears as close to it as possible. Otherwise, we run the risk of having a "misplaced modifier," which is what? More...
Article of the Day

The Harmonium

Invented in the 1840s, the harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument in which air is forced over reeds by means of foot-operated bellows. Pitch is determined by the size of the reeds, while sound quality is determined by the size and shape of the tone chamber surrounding each reed. It is smaller and lighter than a piano, has no pipes, and is resistant to damage. Easier to ship that a piano, it was popular in 19th-century colonies, such as India, where it has developed in what unique ways? More...
This Day in History

University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L'Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women's rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women's suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? More...
Quotation of the Day
Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2019)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whirl

turbine - Came from Latin turbo, "whirl, whirling thing." More...

twirl - May be a blend of twist and whirl. More...

warble - Has the underlying notion of "whirling around"; for sounds, it took on the meaning "whirl of notes; trill." More...

whorl - A variant of whirl, it first meant "small flywheel." More...

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