Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

gainful

Definition:(adjective) Yielding a fair profit.
Synonyms:paying, paid
Usage: The lack of opportunities for gainful employment in the county after the lumber mill closed meant that many families had to apply for public assistance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Could" and the Subjunctive Mood

We use the modal verb "could" instead of "can" when describing an ability that is desired or wished for. This is known as the subjunctive mood. In what kinds of situations is the subjunctive mood typically used? More...
Article of the Day

Latex Allergy

Widely used in the production of rubber goods, natural latex can cause allergic reactions with symptoms ranging from minor skin irritation to asthma and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Generally, this allergy affects people sensitized by repeated exposure to latex. Healthcare workers who frequently use latex gloves and other latex-containing medical supplies are especially at risk. What prestigious hospital decided to replace all of its latex surgical gloves with synthetic alternatives? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good man is a man who is good to us, and a bad man is a man who doesn't do what we want him to.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's) hands together (for someone or something)

To applaud (someone or something); to clap. More...
Today's Holiday

Braemar Highland Gathering (2018)

In the 11th century, King Malcolm held a gathering of the Scottish clans in Braemar to test their strength and to choose the hardiest soldiers. Competitors were asked to toss the caber—a pole 16' to 20' long and weighing 120 pounds—in such a way that it landed on its other end. The Braemar Gathering is still an annual event in the village of Braemar in Scotland, and the participants are still required to wear kilts and toss the caber. But the event has been expanded to include traditional Highland dancing, bagpipe music, games, and other athletic competitions as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lout

bohunk - A lout—but was first a derogatory term for a Hungarian or person of east-central Europe, based on Bohemian Hungarian. More...

oafo - A hooligan or a lout. More...

lob - Comes from an old noun meaning "something pendulous." More...

lout - To treat with contempt. More...

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