Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

nonchalance

Definition:(noun) The trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern.
Synonyms:unconcern, indifference
Usage: He looked about him always, with the cold, easy nonchalance of the man of the world.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Correlative Conjunctions and Parallel Structure

When we use correlative conjunctions, it's important to use parallel structure, especially in formal writing. In parallel structure, both elements joined by the correlative conjunction have to be what? More...
Article of the Day

The Gossamer Albatross

The Gossamer Albatross was a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Paul B. MacCready. Constructed using a carbon fiber frame with polystyrene wings, the aircraft was powered using pedals to drive a large, two-bladed propeller. On June 12, 1979, amateur cyclist Bryan Allen successfully piloted it across the English Channel, completing the 22-mile (36-km) crossing in less than three hours and achieving a top speed of 18 mph (29 km/h). What was its average altitude? More...
This Day in History

Jesse Tafero's Execution Goes Horribly Wrong (1990)

Accused of the fatal shooting of a Florida Highway Patrol officer and a visiting Canadian constable, Tafero was convicted of murder in 1976 and sentenced to death. His execution by electrocution in 1990 was grisly. Lasting more than 13 minutes, it took three separate jolts of electricity and caused flames to shoot out of his head. Later, the conviction of Tafero's girlfriend—obtained with the same evidence that implicated Tafero—was overturned, and someone confessed to the murders. Who was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke (1916)

An icon of wilderness living, Proenneke spent 30 years residing alone in a log cabin he built by hand in remote Twin Lakes, Alaska. His three decades of solitude there were, in fact, his retirement years. During his stay, he chronicled his daily life, keeping detailed written journals and filming his activities, like the construction of his cabin, as well as wildlife. Proenneke left Alaska in 1998, at age 82, to live out the remainder of his life with family. What has since become of his cabin? More...
Quotation of the Day
Now, I hold it is not decent for a scientific gent
To say another is an ass-at least, to all intent;
Nor should the individual who happens to be meant
Reply by heaving rocks at him to any great extent.

Bret Harte (1836-1902)

Idiom of the Day

naff off

A forceful exclamation of dismissal, disdain, or impatience. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia (2018)

The Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia from the USSR is marked as a national public holiday in Latvia every May 4. On that date in 1990, Latvia's Supreme Court re-declared the country a free democratic parliamentary republic. Following a transitional period, full independence was attained on August 21, 1991. Since 1920, Latvia has been acknowledged continuously by other countries as an independent state, despite occupations by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1945, and by the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1941 and 1945 to 1991. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: traffic

filter lane - The lane of traffic reserved for those making a specific turn at the next junction. More...

reverse commute - To travel to work opposite of the normal rush of traffic. More...

traffic calming - The deliberate slowing of traffic in residential areas, with speed bumps or other obstructions. More...

traffic - Can only be traced to Italian traffico and trafficare, "trade," but that is all that is known. More...

In the News

How to hunt a giant sloth—according to ancient human footprints

Rearing on its hind legs, the giant ground sloth would have been a formidable prey for anyone, let alone humans without modern weapons. Tightly muscled, angry and swinging its fore legs tipped with wolverine-like claws, it would have been able to ... More...
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