Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

congeal

Definition:(verb) Become gelatinous.
Synonyms:jell, set
Usage: We waited patiently for the jello to congeal before cutting it into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Here" and "There"

Adverbs of place tell us about an aspect of location associated with the action of a verb, specifying the direction, distance, movement, or position involved in the action. "Here" and "there" are adverbs of place that relate specifically to what? More...
Article of the Day

The Vasa

Still cited as a classic folly, the Vasa is a Swedish warship that sank only a mile into its maiden voyage in 1628. The first and grandest of five ships built to express Sweden's expansionist aspirations, the ship featured hundreds of sculptures whose weight likely hampered its stability. Remarkably well preserved, the ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961 and restored. What anachronistic artifact did pranksters allegedly put in the submerged ship days before the salvage? More...
This Day in History

President of South Korea Assassinated by His Chief of Intelligence (1979)

Park rose through the ranks of the South Korean army and was a member of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government in 1961. Two years later, he was elected president of South Korea. Although his government aided economic progress through export-oriented growth, Park became increasingly dictatorial and was assassinated by his chief of intelligence in 1979—the last of several assassination attempts against him. Who was accidentally murdered in a 1974 attempt on Park's life? More...
Today's Birthday

Beryl Markham (1902)

A British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, racehorse trainer, and writer, Markham is best remembered for her historic east-to-west solo flight across the North Atlantic in 1936 and for her 1942 memoir West with the Night, which chronicles her many adventures. The book had only modest success at first and soon went out of print, but it was rediscovered and reissued in 1983 and is now considered one of the best adventure books ever written. What controversy arose regarding its authorship? More...
Quotation of the Day
It does make a difference what you call things.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

clutch (one's)/the pearls

To react in a scandalized or mortified manner to once-salacious but now relatively common things, events, situations, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Angam Day (2018)

Nauru is an island in the Pacific, about 2,200 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia, and 2,400 miles southwest of Honolulu. Over the past 100 years, the existence of Nauruans has been threatened a number of times—by tribal disputes in the 1870s, and by an influenza epidemic in 1919. During World War II, two-thirds were deported by the Japanese to the Caroline Islands to build airstrips. Angam Day (angam means "hope") on October 26 commemorates the various occasions when the Nauruan population has reached 1,500, considered the minimum number necessary for survival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tube

canyon - Gets its name from Spanish canon, "tube." More...

catheter - A tube inserted for withdrawing bodily fluids, it comes from Greek kathienai, "send or let down." More...

fuse - Comes from Italian fuso, "spindle," from Latin fusus, "spindle," as it originally referred to the casing or tube filled with combustible matter. More...

piping - Icing applied from a tube with a nozzle. More...

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