Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

interpenetrate

Definition:(verb) Spread or diffuse through.
Synonyms:imbue, permeate, pervade, diffuse, riddle, penetrate
Usage: Crossing his arms on his chest, as if to control this new sensation of delight, he drank in delicious draughts of that mysterious air which interpenetrates at night the loftiest forests.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Singular vs. Plural Use of "There"

The dummy pronoun "there" can be used in either a singular or plural context. When it is used in a singular context, the correlating nouns and verbs have singular endings. When it is used in a plural context, what endings do the corresponding nouns and verbs have? More...
Article of the Day

Sugar on Snow

Called "maple taffee" in English-speaking Canada, "tire d'érable" in French-speaking Canada, and "sugar on snow" in the US, maple candy is a confection made with just two ingredients: maple sap and snow. Part of traditional culture in Quebec and northern New England, the sweet is made by boiling maple sap to a certain temperature and pouring it in its molten state onto clean snow. The cold causes it to rapidly thicken, and it is served fresh. What unlikely food is often paired with the treat? More...
This Day in History

First Successful Trial Run of a Steamboat (1787)

John Fitch was a man plagued by misfortune. His first foundry was a failure and his second was destroyed in the American Revolution. During a short-lived career as a surveyor in the early 1780s, he was captured by Native Americans. His luck finally seemed to turn around in 1786, when he built the first steamboat in the US, and in 1787, when he demonstrated his aptly named Perseverance on the Delaware River for an audience from the Constitutional Convention. Was his good fortune to last? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Papin (1647)

Unappreciated in his time, Papin was a French physicist and inventor who significantly advanced the development of steam power. In 1679, he invented a steam digester that was the forerunner of the pressure cooker, in the process demonstrating the influence of atmospheric pressure on boiling points. His observations of his digester then led him to design a steam-driven piston that became the basis for early steam engines. Despite his innovations, he died in relative obscurity. Where is he buried? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

plastic grin

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. More...
Today's Holiday

Bayreuth Festival (2018)

This internationally famous, month-long festival in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany, celebrates the music of Richard Wagner. Performances are in the Festspielhaus (Festival Theater) designed by Wagner himself specifically for the presentation of his works. The festival was launched with the first complete performance of the four-opera Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), triumphantly presented in the new Festspielhaus (Festival Theater) on Aug. 13, 14, 16, and 17, 1876. Except for wartime interruptions, the festival has been staged every year since then. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hungry

esurient - If you are esurient, you are hungry. More...

In the News

NASA Launches New Satellite to Beam Back Data from Hubble Telescope, Space Station

NASA has launched another next-generation communications satellite to help beam data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station (ISS) and other orbiting spacecraft down to Earth. The $408 million TDRS-M satellite lifted off atop a ... More...
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