Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

pensive

Definition:(adjective) Deeply or seriously thoughtful.
Synonyms:contemplative, meditative, musing, pondering, reflective, ruminative, brooding, broody
Usage: Emma's pensive meditations, as she walked home, were not interrupted; but on entering the parlor, she found those who must rouse her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives with Multiple Comparative Forms

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that compare differences between the attributes of two nouns. We form comparative adjectives either by adding "-er" to the end of the adjective, or by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the adjective. However, some adjectives have two generally accepted comparative forms. What are some such adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Murder, Inc.

Murder, Inc., is the name given by the press to the band of professional killers who operated throughout the US in the 1930s and 40s as the enforcement arm of the Syndicate, a confederation of organized crime groups. Allegedly protected by corrupt politicians, they were able to commit well over 100 murders before law enforcement authorities launched a campaign against the mob that resulted in a number of convictions and executions. Who were some of the notorious members of Murder, Inc.? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Officials Decide on "The Final Solution" (1942)

In early 1942, Nazi officials held a conference at Lake Wannsee in Berlin to discuss what "final solution" would be used to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe. On paper, the plan called for gathering Jews into camps for deportation to work details in the East. The official record of the meeting does not mention killing but notes that the "evacuation" was to happen as soon as possible. Who later admitted that the actual conversation at the meeting differed significantly from the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Allan Haines Lockheed (1889)

Though Malcolm and Allan Loughead attended only elementary school, the mechanically gifted brothers built their first airplane in 1913. Malcolm soon left the industry, but Allan persisted. Though several of his aircraft companies failed, his name—with the spelling changed to Lockheed—would eventually be connected to one of the world's largest aerospace manufacturers. Who once turned down a flight in Lockheed's first plane by saying he would not fly in any plane "for all the money in California"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be a long shot

To be very risky, uncertain, or unlikely to succeed. (Of an attempt, proposition, or guess.) More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde National Heroes' Day (2018)

Citizens of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde have great reverence for Amílcar Cabral (1921–1973), a nationalist leader who was assassinated before he could see his native Guinea-Bissau and nearby Cape Verde achieve independence from Portugal. The two countries settled on January 20 as their National Heroes' Day because it falls on the anniversary of Cabral's murder. A public holiday, National Heroes' Day commemorates the legacies of Cabral and other freedom fighters. Leftist associations have observed the day by holding symposiums on the writings and political theories of Cabral. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: waste

wastrel - Pronounced WAYS-trul, it is either a wasteful or worthless person, derived from the verb "waste," from Latin vastus, "desert, waste." More...

bratwurst - From German Brat, "meat without waste," and Wurst, "sausage." More...

eat your heart out - Goes back as far as Diogenes Laertius, who credited Pythagoras with saying "Do not eat your heart"—meaning "Don't waste your life worrying about something"—2,500 years ago. More...

sullage - Waste from household sinks, showers, and baths—but not toilets; it also figuratively means filth or refuse. More...

In the News

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star. Furthermore, the planets' orbits are linked in a mathematical relationship called a resonance chain, with a pattern that is unique among ... More...
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