Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 13, 2020)
Word of the Day

commix

Definition:(verb) To bring or combine together or with something else.
Synonyms:amalgamate, mingle, unify
Usage: Chef Gordon is famous for his ability to commix unusual ingredients and create tasty, original dishes from them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Modifiers

Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. How can we determine if a modifier is an adjective or an adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Essential Oils

Known and traded since ancient times, essential oils are highly volatile organic compounds distilled from plants. Each type of oil imparts the "essence," or characteristic odor, of the plant from which it is derived. This aroma can rarely be reproduced using synthetic components. Essential oils are used for flavoring food, scenting perfume, and in medicine. Clove oil, for instance, is used in dentistry, and eucalyptus oil as a disinfectant. What other uses do essential oils have? More...
This Day in History

Apollo 9 Safely Returns to Earth (1969)

Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the Apollo program and consisted of a 10-day Earth-orbital mission. It was the second manned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the first manned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module. During the mission, the crew tested a new spacesuit, which was the first to possess its own life support system. This meant that astronauts no longer had to rely on an umbilical connection to the spacecraft. Why did the crew name their command module "Gumdrop"? More...
Today's Birthday

L. Ron Hubbard (1911)

American science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in the early 1950s. The church's teachings are based on Hubbard's philosophy of Dianetics, which promotes a process called "auditing" to free a person's spirit from the psychological burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. Both the religion and Hubbard remain the subjects of controversy and investigation. Scientology was seen as harmless until 1965 when what happened to change public opinion? More...
Quotation of the Day
This simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

rip-snorting mad

Extremely angry and agitated; infuriated. More...
Today's Holiday

Omizutori Matsuri (2022)

Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conches echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil. On March 13, the ceremony of drawing water is observed to the accompaniment of ancient music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: worms

can of worms - Based on an image of a container of maggots for use as fish bait. More...

food for worms, food for fishes - A dead human being is food for worms; a drowning victim is food for fishes. More...

silkworm - Is not a worm, but a caterpillar. More...

wormwood - There are no worms or wood involved in wormwood, which is an alteration of the word wermod, a plant used for making vermouth, absinthe and medicine. More...

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