Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

turbid

Definition:(adjective) Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended.
Synonyms:murky, cloudy, muddy
Usage: It was now early spring, and the river was swollen and turbulent; great cakes of floating ice were swinging heavily to and fro in the turbid waters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses that are joined using a conjunction and/or punctuation. How can we determine if two clauses can be joined in a compound sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Breaking the Ice

An icebreaker is a ship specially designed to force its way through ice-covered waters. Whether powered by gas turbines, diesel-electric power, or nuclear energy, icebreakers are expensive to build, very expensive to run, and uncomfortable to travel in on the open sea because they roll easily. Nevertheless, icebreakers are needed to keep trade routes open where there exist seasonal or permanent ice conditions. What three features must a ship possess in order to be considered an icebreaker? More...
This Day in History

The Station Nightclub Fire (2003)

Moments after the band Great White took the stage at the Station nightclub in Rhode Island, sparks from one of the group's pyrotechnic devices—of which the nightclub was unaware—ignited the highly flammable sound insulation around the stage. The nightclub, which had no sprinklers, was engulfed in minutes, trapping many inside. One hundred people were killed, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in US history. How many people faced criminal charges in the aftermath of the tragedy? More...
Today's Birthday

Tony Wilson (1950)

Beginning in the late 1970s, the English city of Manchester became the epicenter of a vibrant music scene that produced such seminal bands as Joy Division, Happy Mondays, and the Stone Roses. One of the key people behind the Manchester scene was Wilson, a record label owner, club manager, and journalist. The 2002 film 24 Hour Party People is based on his life. Despite his widespread influence, he made little money from his work and was unable to pay for what expensive medical treatment? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

luck in

To be very lucky or fortunate; to experience particularly good luck. (A nonstandard variant of "luck out.") More...
Today's Holiday

First week of Lent (2018)

It wasn't until the ninth century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: months

fetus - A human embryo starts to be called a fetus at nine weeks. More...

Catholic twins - Siblings born within 12 months of each other. More...

half-birthday - One's half-birthday is the day exactly six months before or after one's real birth date. More...

semester - First meant six months, as it comes from Latin semestris, "of six months." More...

In the News

Twin Tragedies Give Survivor a New Face

He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man. His father and his brother, joined by several doctors ... More...
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