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

Misplaced Modifiers

When we use participles as adjectives, it's important that the noun modified is clearly stated and that the participle appears as close to it as possible. Otherwise, we run the risk of having a "misplaced modifier," which is what? 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

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Opens in Wales (1805)

It took 10 years to build the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which towers over the River Dee valley in Wrexham, Wales. A feat of civil engineering, it is still in use more than two centuries later, allowing boats to cross the Llangollen Canal about 120 feet (35 m) above the valley. The aqueduct consists of a narrow cast iron trough supported by stone columns and bordered by a railed path that was built so horses could tow canal boats. The span occasionally closes for maintenance. How is it emptied? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women's rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women's suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917? 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

absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Baha'i Day of the Covenant (2019)

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: whirl

turbine - Came from Latin turbo, "whirl, whirling thing." More...

twirl - May be a blend of twist and whirl. More...

warble - Has the underlying notion of "whirling around"; for sounds, it took on the meaning "whirl of notes; trill." More...

whorl - A variant of whirl, it first meant "small flywheel." More...

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