Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

recliner

Definition:(noun) An armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it.
Synonyms:lounger
Usage: During football season, my husband plants himself in the recliner that faces the TV and does not budge for hours on end.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Participle Phrases in Initial Position

Where a participle phrase appears in a sentence changes the way we punctuate it, as does its importance to the meaning of the sentence as a whole. When a participle phrase occurs in the initial position, how is it usually separated from the rest of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Personifications of Death

The concept of death as a sentient entity is found in nearly every society. In Western culture, death is often called the "Grim Reaper" and is depicted as a hooded, skeletal figure that carries a scythe and either guides the deceased to the next world or actually causes the victim's death—leading to tales that he can be bribed or outwitted. In the Hindu scriptures, the lord of death, Yama, rides a black buffalo and carries a lasso. In Greek mythology, death is Thanatos, the twin brother of whom? More...
This Day in History

The "Gimli Glider": Air Canada Flight Runs Out of Fuel Mid-Flight (1983)

The "Gimli Glider" is the nickname given to Air Canada Flight 143, which ran out of fuel on a routine flight from Montreal to Edmonton in 1983. The crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at a retired airstrip in Gimli, Manitoba, even through part of the runway had been converted into a racetrack and a large event was being held there at the time. Amazingly, no passengers or bystanders suffered any serious injuries. Why did the plane run out of fuel? More...
Today's Birthday

Judit Polgár (1976)

Polgár is a Hungarian chess grandmaster and by far the strongest female chess player in history. A prodigy from an early age, she won many youth tournaments competing against boys. In 1991, at the age of 15, Polgár became the youngest grandmaster in history at the time, earning the distinction faster than Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. She later became the first woman to be ranked in the top ten in the world, ranking as high as eighth. What world champions has Polgár defeated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

riffraff

Undesirable, disreputable, or vulgar people, often used in a condescending manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (2019)

Har Krishan (1656-64) was the eighth of the ten Sikh gurus or prophets on whose teaching the religion is based. He is often referred to as the "Child Guru" because he was only five years old when he succeeded his father, Guru Har Rai, who died in 1661. Har Krishan himself died of smallpox at the age of eight, so he remained a child throughout his brief time as guru. The anniversary of his birth is celebrated by Sikhs around the world with special services in the gurdwaras (houses of worship) and with readings from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seasoning

aioli - French for ai, "garlic," and oli, "oil"—mayonnaise seasoned with garlic. More...

drawn butter - Melted, clarified, and seasoned. More...

herbes de Provence - A blend of herbs used for seasoning, such as basil, bay leaf, chervil, fennel, lavender, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, summer savory, tarragon, and thyme. More...

herb, spice, seasoning - Herbs are, technically, plants with aerial parts used for seasoning foods, and a spice (also called seasoning) is any substance used for seasoning foods; many herbs are used as spices, but not all. More...

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