Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

presentiment

Definition:(noun) A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
Synonyms:boding, foreboding, premonition
Usage: We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Imperative Mood

Although we can use the subjunctive mood to express commands or requests, it is becoming less common in modern English. Instead, we usually use the imperative mood to form imperative sentences when we want to issue direct orders, commands, or general instructions. Why is the imperative considered an irrealis mood? More...
Article of the Day

Polymers

Both DNA and plastic, two seemingly unrelated materials, are classified as polymers, compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds. A diverse assortment of natural and synthetic materials comprises the class of polymers, including hair, polyester, and shellac. Polymers are even used in the production of microprocessor parts. What is the process that produces polymers called? More...
This Day in History

Lockheed SR-71 Flies from New York to London in Under Two Hours (1974)

Shrouded in secrecy, the SR-71 Blackbird was a US reconnaissance plane used from the 1960s through the 90s. Difficult to detect by radar and virtually untouchable by anti-aircraft missiles, it flew at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes of up to 85,000 feet (26,000 m). Its existence was publicly acknowledged in 1964. A decade later, an SR-71 flew from New York to London in just under 1 hour and 55 minutes, crushing the previous record. What life support measures kept the crew alive? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reuther (1907)

Reuther was a US labor leader. As a local union leader in Detroit, Michigan, he helped organize sit-down strikes that made the United Automobile Workers (UAW) a power in the auto industry. He was president of the UAW from 1946 until his 1970 death in a plane crash. He was an architect of the 1955 merger of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). What role did Reuther play in the so-called Chicken War between the US and Europe in the 1960s? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

I suppose (so)

An expression of vague affirmation or assent. More...
Today's Holiday

Ksamavani (2020)

Jainism, a religion that originated in ancient India, advocates peaceful coexistence. Forgiveness is thus regarded as a sacred act and is foundational to spiritual health. In the spirit similar to that of Paryushana, a better known Jain festival, Ksamavani invites believers to ask for and receive forgiveness. Every member of the Jain community approaches family members, neighbors, colleagues, and co-workers and asks them for forgiveness for harms done, irrespective of their social standing. The ritual is intended to help repair severed ties and relations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: parent

abdicate - Implies a giving up of sovereign power or the evasion of responsibility (as a parent). More...

half blood - Relationship through only one parent. More...

in loco parentis - Latin for "in the place of a parent." More...

patrial - Means having the right to live in the UK through the British birth of a parent or grandparent. More...

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