Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

jalopy

Definition:(noun) An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.
Synonyms:heap, bus
Usage: The jalopy didn't even make it to the junkyard, breaking into a thousand pieces as soon as we climbed inside.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Em Dashes with Missing Text

Occasionally, dashes can be used to represent words or parts of words that are omitted from a sentence. These can be intentional omissions, as for censorship purposes, or because the missing text is unknown. If only a part of a word is missing, how many em dashes in a row are used to indicate the missing letters? More...
Article of the Day

The Lafarge Poisoning Case

In one of the first trials followed by the public through daily newspaper reports, Frenchwoman Marie-Fortunée Lafarge, who stood accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic, was found guilty of murder. Her conviction in 1840 was the first to be based heavily on direct forensic toxicological evidence. During the trial, local experts presented contradictory testimony regarding the presence of arsenic in the victim's body, and it was ultimately exhumed and tested using what new detection method? More...
This Day in History

Multimillionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Goes Missing (2007)

After earning millions as a stockbroker and investment consultant, Fossett began a second career as a sports adventurer. He swam the English Channel in 1985 and set many sailing records, but he is best known for his long-distance solo aviation triumphs, like becoming the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon in 2002. He disappeared while flying a private plane in Nevada in September 2007 and was declared dead five months later. When was his crash site finally discovered? More...
Today's Birthday

Marguerite Higgins (1920)

An American journalist, Higgins covered major world events, including the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the Nuremberg Trials, and was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. While reporting on the Korean War, she was expelled from Korea by US General Walton Walker—who said the military had no time to prepare accommodations for women—but when she appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, the ban was lifted. Higgins's life was cut short by a disease contracted while covering what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man dies as often as he loses his friends.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

quake like a leaf

To tremble violently with fear or nervousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Detroit International Jazz Festival (2018)

The Detroit International Jazz Festival (DJF) is a celebration of the jazz music genre held annually in Detroit, Michigan, on Labor Day weekend. Billed as the world's largest free jazz festival, the DJF takes place over a period of four days, beginning on Friday evening and concluding on the Monday holiday. It presents more than 100 musical acts on six stages. Each year the performance lineup includes local and national jazz acts and covers the spectrum of the jazz genre, including funk, fusion, salsa, Afro-rhythms, R&B, and gospel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plaster

drywall, plasterboard - Drywall is a building material made of a sheet of plaster covered with heavy paper on both sides; it is also called plasterboard. More...

gypsum - From Semitic, a relative or ancestor of Arabic jibs and Hebrew gephes, "plaster." More...

plaster of Paris - So called because it is prepared from the gypsum of Paris, France. More...

trullization - Laying on plaster with a trowel. More...

In the News

Tasmanian Devils Evolving Rapidly to Fight Cancer

Scientists have found that the Tasmanian devil had somehow developed resistance to a cancer that researchers previously believed would wipe the species off the planet. The study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications gives hope that the ... More...
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