Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

rappel

Definition:(verb) Lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside.
Synonyms:abseil, rope down
Usage: She decided to try and overcome her fear of heights by learning to rappel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Degree with Gradable vs. Non-Gradable Adjectives

Gradable adjectives are those that can have measurable levels of degree or intensity. Non-gradable adjectives, on the other hand, describe an extreme or absolute state. How are they paired with gradable and non-gradable adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In the Pacific Ocean, there is a vortex of ocean currents that occupies an area of approximately 10 million square miles (26 million sq km). Called the North Pacific Gyre, it has a relatively stationary center whose circular rotation draws in waste material, leading to a massive, floating accumulation of debris known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Though such debris has historically been biodegradable, the gyre is now accumulating vast quantities of plastics, which break down into what? More...
This Day in History

Russian Submarine K-141 Kursk Sinks in Barents Sea (2000)

While completing naval exercises with dummy torpedoes on August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two explosions two minutes and 15 seconds apart. The second explosion registered about a 3.5 on the Richter scale. The blasts destroyed the front hull, and all 118 crew members died. It was initially believed that the entire crew died quickly. However, what evidence later suggested that some survived in another area of the submarine for about four hours after the explosions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady (1856)

Financier and philanthropist "Diamond Jim" Brady exemplified the American Dream. He started out as a bellboy and messenger before getting a job with the New York Central Railroad and then working his way up through the industry, eventually amassing a fortune selling railroad supplies. With his newfound wealth, he indulged in his two greatest weaknesses: food—one restaurant owner reportedly called him "the best 25 customers I ever had"—and jewels. What was supposedly a typical meal for Brady? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what's sensible and what's foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

out of (one's) shell

Less shy, reserved, or reticent and in a more sociable, outgoing, or enthusiastic state. More...
Today's Holiday

Hora at Prislop (2018)

The Hora is a dancing festival held at Mount Prislop at the Transylvania-Moldavia border in Romania. The dancers of the hora carry big rings that symbolize the friendship of the people of the regions of Moldavia, Maramures, and Transylvania. The top artistic groups gather at Prislop Pass to present a parade in colorful folk costumes and then a program of songs and dances, ending with the lively peasant horas. Typical food dishes of the area are served and folk art is on display. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plunge

emergency - Comes from Latin emergere (e-, "from," and mergere, "to dip, plunge") and first meant "unforeseen occurrence." More...

merge - From Latin mergere, it first meant "immerse (oneself)." More...

dunk - Came from Pennsylvania/German dunke, "dip," from German tunken, "dip or plunge." More...

plounce - To plunge into liquid. More...

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