Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

decriminalize

Definition:(verb) Make legal.
Synonyms:legalize, legitimize
Usage: Politicians remain divided over whether or not to decriminalize marijuana use in the United States.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Slash vs. Backslash

The slash must not be confused with a backslash ( \ ), which is used in computer programming but not in written English. When a distinction between the two needs to be made, what is the slash sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

Pyroclastic Flow

One of the deadliest parts of a volcanic eruption, a pyroclastic flow is a gigantic current of gases and bits of rock that surges downhill at speeds of up to 450 mph (724 km/h) and temperatures of about 1,800° F (1,000° C). These deadly flows can cross water bodies and have the potential to generate tsunamis. During the 1902 eruption of Martinique’s Mount Pelée, a pyroclastic flow destroyed the entire city of Saint-Pierre, killing some 28,000. What other city was famously destroyed in this way? More...
This Day in History

Peace Treaty Ends 335 Years' War (1986)

When hostilities between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the southwest coast of England, ended, the warring parties recalled their troops, and the conflict was forgotten. Without a treaty declaring its end, however, the 1651 war peacefully became the world's longest, technically lasting 335 years. Despite questions regarding the validity of the declaration of war, peace was officially declared in 1986. What 45-minute war is considered the world's shortest? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikita Khrushchev (1894)

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin's death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin's rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962? More...
Quotation of the Day
If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a people person

Someone who is particularly gregarious, affable, or outgoing; someone with great interpersonal communication skills. More...
Today's Holiday

Syria National Day (2022)

This national holiday commemorates the withdrawal of French troops on this day in 1946, when Syria proclaimed its independence after more than 20 years of French occupation. It is also known as Independence Day and Evacuation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: measuring

cord - An amount of wood containing 128 cubic feet (4x4x8 feet); the name comes from the old practice of measuring a stack of firewood with a cord of a certain length. To cord is to stack or put up wood in cords. More...

drosometer - An instrument for measuring the amount of dew on a surface. More...

isometric - From Latin isus, "equal," and -metria, "measuring." More...

Mach - The scale measuring the speed of an object or fluid relative to the speed of sound is named for philosopher/physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916), who researched thermodynamics; Mach is the ratio of the speed of something to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium. More...

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