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

Slashes

The slash ( / )—technically known as a virgule but also called a slant, solidus, or stroke—serves a number of purposes in writing. What are they? 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

a kindred spirit

A person who shares several or many fundamental beliefs, ideas, convictions, sentiments, attitudes, and/or interests with oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Dattatreya Jayanti (2017)

Dattatreya's birthday is celebrated all over India. Hindus rise early and bathe in sacred streams, fast, and spend the day in worship and prayer. They also meditate on sacred works that include the Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita. Recently, Dattatreya is identified with the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, for it is believed that portions of these deities were incarnated in him. He is usually depicted with three heads and six hands. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skirt

bustle - A stuffed pad or cushion worn under the skirt of a woman's dress, it had a synonym of "dress-improver." More...

kick pleat - The slit in the back of a skirt or coat that allows more freedom of movement. More...

A-line - A dress or skirt shaped like an A, created by Christian Dior. More...

skirt - The ice cream at the base of a scoop of ice cream in a cone. More...

In the News

Brains aren't actually 'male' or 'female,' new study suggests

Lots of folks—well-intentioned and otherwise—like to point out the supposed differences between male and female brains. But it's time to throw away the brain gender binary, according to a study published Monday in ... More...
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