Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

soupcon

Definition:(noun) A very small amount; a trace.
Synonyms:mite, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck, touch
Usage: This dish could use a soupcon of salt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Wh-" Questions

"Wh-" questions (or "question word questions") are questions that seek information by posing a question with a "wh-" question word ("who," "what," "where," "when," "why," and "how"). What kind of answer do these questions seek? More...
Article of the Day

The Flu

Influenza, commonly known as “flu,” is a highly contagious viral disease that is characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and muscle pain. The word influenza stems from the Latin root influentia, meaning "influence of the stars," because before people knew that organisms cause disease, they thought that the stars influenced the spread of influenza. Between 1918 and 1919, how many people were killed in a worldwide lethal flu pandemic? More...
This Day in History

Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler Escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau (1944)

By 1944, transports were arriving daily at Auschwitz, carrying thousands of Jews destined for the gas chambers and crematoria. Prisoners Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler knew that someone had to warn the Jews about what was happening to their deported brethren and alert the world to the atrocities being committed, so they mounted a daring escape and made their way to Slovakia, where they presented a detailed report on the concentration camp to Jewish officials. How did they break out of the camp? More...
Today's Birthday

Frances Perkins (1880)

Though Perkins was already extraordinarily accomplished by the time she was appointed US Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the decision to appoint a woman to the cabinet was bitterly criticized by business and political leaders. In her unusually long 12-year term, Perkins advocated reforms such as a minimum wage, a maximum workweek, and unemployment compensation. She helped develop the Social Security Act of 1935. What book did she write after leaving office? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

me three

humorous An expression of concurrence, agreement, or willingness to participate in addition to others. Said after someone has said "me too" (i.e., "me as well"), thus creating a pun of "too" and "two." More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2018)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and later The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. 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...

In the News

Exploding Stars Leave Radioactive Clues Beneath Earth's Oceans

During the past 10 million years, a series of stars in the Earth's neighborhood exploded, raining a radioactive form of iron onto our planet that left its signature in the material beneath the world's oceans. The remnants of these supernovae hit the ... More...
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