Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

opine

Definition:(verb) Express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation.
Synonyms:animadvert, sound off, speak out, speak up
Usage: "I dare say it is all for the best," opined Mrs. Munt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Semicolon

Semicolons ( ; ) are used for two main purposes: to separate lengthy or complex items within a list and to connect independent clauses. They are often described as being more powerful than commas, while not quite as a strong as what mark of punctuation? More...
Article of the Day

Ventriloquism

Ventriloquism is the art of projecting one's voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the speaker, often a dummy or doll whose mouth is moved by the ventriloquist. Dating to ancient times, ventriloquism was initially associated with divination and only evolved into a performance art around the 16th century. It later developed through Vaudeville into the comedic style common today. How do ventriloquists mimic sounds that require the lips to be pressed together? More...
This Day in History

The Who Riverfront Coliseum Stampede (1979)

After starting out as The High Numbers, British rock band The Who gained international fame in the 1960s and 70s with songs like "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." The band's incredibly loud concerts and penchant for destroying their instruments onstage boosted their appeal to rock fans, but offstage destruction overshadowed the music on December 3, 1979, when a stampede prior to The Who's show at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed how many fans? More...
Today's Birthday

Ellen Richards (1842)

A Vassar graduate and the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—"it being understood that her admission did not establish a precedent for the general admission of females"—chemist Ellen Richards was one of the US's foremost female chemists of her time and the founder of the country's home economics movement. Yet, perhaps her greatest contributions were the advances she made in opening up science education and professions to women. What were some of her notable firsts? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

speak of the devil, and he shall appear

An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after he or she was being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Vaitarani Vrat (2018)

Vaitarani is the river that, according to Hindu belief, runs between the earth and the underworld, which the dead must cross to reach the realm of Yama, the ruler and judge of the dead. Because this river is said to be filled with all kinds of filth and moral offenses, Hindus believe that it can only be crossed with the aid of a cow. On this day, devout Hindus observe a fast and other prescribed rituals. In the evening they worship a black cow, who is bathed in fragrant water and has sandal paste applied to her horns. Brahmans are given gifts of food, clothes, and a cow made out of gold or silver. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: roads

carfax, carrefour - A carfax or carrefour is a place where (usually four) roads or streets meet, from French carrefurcs, from Latin quadrifurcus, "four forks." More...

multivious - Having many paths or roads. More...

invious - Describes something that is pathless or without roads. More...

jiggle-bars, rumble strips - The rough spots intentionally created on the sides of roads to alert drivers are jiggle-bars or rumble strips. More...

In the News

Inspired by origami, artificial muscle can lift 1000 times its own weight

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a variety of origami-inspired artificial muscles that can lift up to a thousand times their own weight — and yet be dexterous enough to grip and raise a delicate ... More...
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