Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

desiccant

Definition:(noun) A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
Synonyms:drier, drying agent, siccative
Usage: The shipment was packed with a desiccant to prevent humidity from warping the wood during transport.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Choosing the Correct Demonstrative Adjective

"This," "That," "These," and "Those" are the four common demonstrative adjectives in English. Which ones are used to refer to people and objects that are plural? More...
Article of the Day

Marmalade

Marmalade is a sweet preserve with a bitter tang made from citrus fruit, sugar, water, and, in some commercial brands, a gelling agent. The term marmalade stems from marmelo, Portuguese for quince, which is the fruit originally used to make the preserve. The term marmalade first appeared in the English language in the 15th century, and has been used since the 17th century to refer to any preserve derived from citrus fruit. What is the legend of Dundee Marmalade? More...
This Day in History

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Begins (1971)

When East Pakistan demanded greater autonomy from West Pakistan in 1971, civil war erupted. Millions of East Pakistanis fled to India, which West Pakistan then attacked. India responded by attacking both East and West Pakistan, occupying the eastern half and throwing its support behind the independence movement. The war lasted 13 days and ended with Pakistan's surrender. East Pakistan then declared independence and became Bangladesh. Why was the Taj Mahal covered with burlap during the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

National Finals Rodeo (2020)

Rodeo's premier event, sometimes called the Super Bowl of rodeos, is a 10-day affair that has been held since 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is reserved for the top 15 contestants in each of seven events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, women's barrel racing, and bull riding. The winners are considered the world champions in their event. Events during the 10 days of rodeo include a convention and trade show, horsemanship competitions, a hoedown, cowboy poetry gatherings, fashion shows, and dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: science fiction

droid - A robot in science fiction, it is a shortening of android. More...

death ray - Was a staple of (pulp) science fiction in the mid-20th century. More...

time warp - A concept that arose in the 1950s and originally applied to science fiction. More...

warp speed - Alludes to the use in science fiction, especially the speed used for interstellar travel in the science fiction television series Star Trek. More...

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