Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

riposte

Definition:(noun) A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one).
Synonyms:comeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return
Usage: His sassy comment brought a sharp riposte from the teacher, and the shamed student's cheeks turned a deep crimson.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Adverbs of Place

Many adverbs of place indicate a specific direction of movement, such as "up" and "down." There are also adverbs of place that end in "-ward" or "-wards" that describe movement in particular directions, as in "backward(s)." "Toward" (or "towards"), while very similar to the other adverbs of place, is actually what part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

The Dark Figure of Crime

Criminologists and sociologists use the term "dark figure of crime" to describe the number of crimes that go unreported or undiscovered. Researchers agree that official crime statistics have certain limitations: they can be influenced by police discretion and manpower as well as changes in legislation, technology, the economy, and social values. In addition, some crimes are simply not reported to police. Consequently, researchers have turned to alternative measures of criminality, such as what? More...
This Day in History

Casablanca Premieres (1942)

One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three Oscars, Casablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is an American expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who "stick[s his] neck out for nobody." But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine's resolve is tested. To what did Bogart's son compare the controversial colorization of the black-and-white classic? More...
Today's Birthday

Willis Haviland Carrier (1876)

While developing a dehumidifier for the Buffalo Forge Company in the early 1900s, American engineer Willis Carrier discovered that circulating air over cold pipes not only removes water from the air but also cools it. He became the father of air conditioning, holding over 80 patents and dominating air conditioner manufacturing with his company, Carrier Corporation. He invented a practical air conditioning system for skyscrapers in 1939. What did he call his invention when he patented it in 1906? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

go for a spin (to some place)

To go for a brief, leisurely drive (to some place). More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2018)

The Baha'i Day of the Covenant is a Baha'i holy day. It commemorates the covenant Baha'u'llah, founder of the faith, made with humanity and his followers, appointing Abdu'l-Baha as the head of the Baha'i religion who would interpret Baha'i teachings. Abdu'l-Baha chose the date when followers requested an occasion to remember his importance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: throwing

missile - First an adjective meaning "suitable for throwing." More...

precipitate, precipitation - Precipitate is from Latin praecipitare, "to throw or drive headlong"; precipitation first meant the action of falling or throwing down. More...

throw - Its original sense was "twist, turn," as in throwing a pot on a potter's wheel; it is not known how it evolved into "hurl, project." More...

gone to pot - Comes from Elizabethan times, when leftover meat was thrown into a big pot for another meal. More...

In the News

Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to ... More...
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