Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

remunerative

Definition:(adjective) For which money is paid.
Synonyms:compensable, paying, salaried, stipendiary
Usage: I have worked as an unpaid intern for long enough and am now seeking remunerative employment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Absolute Phrases

We generally use absolute phrases at the beginning of a sentence to introduce additional information, or at the end of a sentence to provide a final comment on the sentence as a whole. It is also possible to use an absolute phrase in the middle of a sentence. What does that placement add to the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Mamoncillo

Found in the American tropics from Mexico to northern South America and the Caribbean, the mamoncillo is a tree that bears a small, edible fruit with green, leathery skin and a sweet, juicy, translucent pulp. Also known as quenepas, Spanish limes, limoncillos, and ackees, among other names, the fruits are traditionally eaten by cracking the thin layer of skin with the teeth and putting the whole pulp in the mouth. It is said to taste like a cross between what two fruits? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Roque (Bolivia) (2020)

San Roque is the patron saint of Tarija, Bolivia, whose natives, known as chapacos, are a mixture of Spaniards and Tomata Indians. The townspeople wear their best and most colorful clothes for the fiesta in San Roque's honor that begins on the first Sunday in September. There are processions of the saint's image, which has also been brightly adorned, throughout the week, stopping at the hospital and area churches. Participants in the processions include dancers, singers, musicians, and people who've made personal vows. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scales

mechanical drawing - One made with scales, rulers, and compasses. More...

ctenoid - Means "resembling a thin-toothed comb"—like the scales of some fish. More...

level - Based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, "balance; scales." More...

scab - First pertained to any skin disease in which pustules or scales were formed, and is from Old Norse skabbr, "crust over a wound." More...

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