Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 22, 2019)
Word of the Day

thermal

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or associated with heat.
Synonyms:caloric
Usage: The scientists had not anticipated such extreme thermal conditions and were forced to delay the experiment indefinitely.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Em Dashes with Missing Text

Occasionally, dashes can be used to represent words or parts of words that are omitted from a sentence. These can be intentional omissions, as for censorship purposes, or because the missing text is unknown. If only a part of a word is missing, how many em dashes in a row are used to indicate the missing letters? More...
Article of the Day

The Lion Dance

The lion dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion's movements in an elaborately decorated lion costume. Originally performed as entertainment or as part of a ceremony to disperse evil spirits and bring good luck, the dance is often performed today during cultural celebrations and incorporates movements found in most Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is often mistaken for the dragon dance. What is the difference between the two dances? More...
This Day in History

The Lincoln Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1937)

About 120,000 vehicles pass under the Hudson River by way of the 1.5-mile (2.4-km) Lincoln Tunnel every day. A vital link between New York's Manhattan borough and Weehawken, New Jersey, the tunnel was constructed under the supervision of civil engineer and underwater tunnel pioneer Ole Singstad. The first two-lane tube opened in 1937, with two others opening in 1945 and 1957. To accommodate rush-hour traffic patterns, lanes can be reversed. How much was the original fare when the tunnel opened? More...
Today's Birthday

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869)

Considered by some to have been the best American poet of his time, Robinson is now primarily remembered for his short poems about the lives—mostly tragic—of people in a small New England village. He briefly attended Harvard but had to drop out after his father's death and thereafter endured years of poverty and obscurity before his poetry was noticed. A quiet, introverted man, Robinson never married and became legendary for his reclusiveness. Why did he have no name until he was six months old? More...
Quotation of the Day
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

boil (something) down to (something)

To reduce or simplify (something) to the most basic, essential, or fundamental element(s). More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe National Unity Day (2020)

Begun in 1997, National Unity Day celebrates the coming together of Zimbabwe's two political parties, the Zanu-PF and PF Zapu (one representing the Shona-speaking and the other the Ndebele-speaking peoples). Among the celebrations to mark National Unity Day are a number of sporting events, including a soccer championship in which the winning team receives the Unity Cup. In the city of Masvingo, the general public and leading political figures gather at the Great Zimbabwe National Monuments for a concert featuring a number of popular singers and musicians. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whip

flail - Based on Latin flagellum, "whip." More...

lash - The flexible part of a whip. More...

scourge - Based on Latin ex-, "thoroughly," and corriga, "whip." More...

crack - The "crack" of a whip is the miniature sonic boom that occurs as the tip breaks the sound barrier. More...

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