Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

iridescent

Definition:(adjective) Having a play of lustrous rainbow colors.
Synonyms:opalescent, pearlescent, nacreous
Usage: Soap bubbles are iridescent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Active Voice

The active voice is a type of grammatical voice in which the subject of a sentence is also the agent of the verb—that is, it performs the action expressed by the verb. Why is the active voice typically preferable to the passive voice? More...
Article of the Day

Haloalkanes

Haloalkanes are a group of organic chemical compounds in which halogen atoms have been substituted for hydrogen atoms. Known under many chemical and commercial names, they have wide applications including in flame-retardants, refrigerants, propellants, and solvents. The best-known examples are chlorofluorocarbons, which are known for their role in ozone depletion. Other examples include hydrofluorocarbons and polymer haloaklanes, such as polytetrafluoroethene, which is better known as what? 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
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish ... Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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...

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