Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

supernumerary

Definition:(adjective) More than is needed, desired, or required.
Synonyms:excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, surplus, superfluous, spare
Usage: His appearance...is apt to occasion some little stir at the tea-table of a farmhouse, and the addition of a supernumerary dish of cakes or sweetmeats, or, peradventure, the parade of a silver teapot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Conjunctive Adverbs

When we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb, we can use a period and keep them as two discrete sentences. If we choose to separate the two clauses with a period, though, what must we remember to do to the conjunctive adverb? More...
Article of the Day

Demiurge

Derived from a Greek word meaning "artisan" or "public worker," the Demiurge was first described by Plato in his dialogue Timaeus, in which he identifies the Demiurge as the force that fashioned the world from the preexisting materials of chaos. In Gnosticism, the Demiurge is regarded as an inferior deity who created the imperfect, material world and belongs to the forces of evil opposing the supreme God of goodness. What are some of the many names of the Demiurge? More...
This Day in History

Microsoft Windows 1.0 Is Released (1985)

Though Microsoft announced its new operating system in the fall of 1983, it was not ready for release until two years later, and the long delay led critics to label the product "vaporware." Even after Windows 1.0 finally hit the market, it was not particularly popular. Still, Windows was more user-friendly than the spare MS-DOS upon which it was built, and it allowed users to multitask. Two years later, it was superseded by Windows 2.0. When did Microsoft finally stop supporting Windows 1.0? More...
Today's Birthday

Alistair Cooke (1908)

Cooke was a British-American journalist and broadcaster. To British audiences, he was famous for his lively and insightful interpretations of American life and culture. His weekly Letter from America, which aired for 58 years, was one of the longest-running programs in radio. To American television audiences, he was the epitome of the elegant English gentleman, hosting public television's Masterpiece Theater for 20 years. After he died, his bones were stolen and used for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

(all) kidding aside

In all seriousness; being frank for a moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Opening of the Underground Caves Day (2020)

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (northern islands of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during WWII. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event's main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lift

heavy - From the Proto-Germanic verb khabjan, "lift," came the noun khabiz, "weight," which begat the Dutch hevig and then English heavy. More...

hover - Comes from hove, "raise, lift, rise" or "linger, wait." More...

lift - The action of cutting a deck of cards used to be called the lift. More...

weigh - First meant "carry, lift, bear, raise up." More...

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