Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

apportionment

Definition:(noun) The act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan.
Synonyms:parceling, assignation, allocation, allotment
Usage: The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Adverbial Phrases

An "adverbial phrase" (also known as an "adverb phrase") is a group of words that functions as an adverb in a sentence. What do adverbial phrases typically give descriptions of? More...
Article of the Day

Marking Cards

Often used for card tricks or to cheat when gambling, card marking is the process of altering playing cards so that the suit, rank, or both are surreptitiously revealed to the card marker or a conspirator. The practice has evolved over the years from adding bends or bumps to cards to using various inks and scratches, and today's card markers use sophisticated "shade" technology to add marks that can only be read with special sunglasses, contact lenses, or what other high-tech system? More...
This Day in History

Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis's invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis's fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond? More...
Today's Birthday

Emile Berliner (1851)

After apprenticing as a printer in Germany, Berliner immigrated to the US and became interested in the new audio technologies of his day. He patented a series of improvements to Alexander Graham Bell's recently invented telephone before turning his attention to the phonograph. In 1888, he introduced the first flat disc recording, a marked improvement over Thomas Edison's recording cylinders for the phonograph and a precursor of the modern record. What were some of Berliner's other inventions? More...
Quotation of the Day
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

not any hard feelings

No ill will; no resentment or anger. More...
Today's Holiday

Shavuot (2018)

Shavuot ("weeks") is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals. At one time, all adult male Jews were expected to bring their first omer, or "sheaf," of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering. Today dairy dishes are associated with Shavuot, particularly cheese blintzes. After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot celebrated Moses' return from the top of Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments, and it is therefore also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law. Jews living in Israel observe only the first day of Shavuot. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: removal

beheadment - The removal of an initial letter of a word to form a new word (e.g. blather becomes lather). More...

curtailment - The removal of the last letter of a word to leave another word (e.g. goon becomes goo). More...

detail - Comes from French de-, "removal," and tailler, "cut in pieces," and means "to relate or describe minutely." More...

water softening - The removal of calcium and magnesium ions from water, or their replacement with sodium, either by chemical reaction or by ion exchange. More...

In the News

The T. Rex Chomped with the Bone-Crunching Force of Three Cars

Call it the big chomp. The T. rex was impressive in its might and so was its bite —more than twice as bone-crunching as the bite of its relative, the fearsome crocodile, a Florida State University researcher found. Without a doubt, much of the ... More...
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