Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

unwieldy

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity.
Synonyms:unmanageable
Usage: She shifted the unwieldy groceries in her arms and looked for an empty shopping cart.
Daily Grammar Lesson

[sic]

When a quotation contains a mistake, such as a spelling mistake or grammatical error, but we wish to preserve the quotation exactly as it was written, we can mark it with the word "sic" (Latin for "thus" or "so") in brackets to let the reader know that the error was not our own. When should this generally be used? More...
Article of the Day

The iPod

The Apple iPod, currently the world's best-selling line of digital audio players, was unveiled in 2001 for the Mac, and in 2002 for Windows. iPods store and play songs in a variety of digital formats, including MP3, Apple Lossless, and AAC. The combination of sound quality, sleek design, and slick user interface, coupled with a bold marketing campaign, has made the iPod a hit. By the end of 2006, over 67 million iPods had been sold. What medical problem may be associated with prolonged iPod use? More...
This Day in History

Lynching of 14-Year-Old Boy Helps Inspire US Civil Rights Movement (1955)

At age 14, African-American Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in a grocery store. Her husband and his half-brother beat Till, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighing it down by tying a metal fan around his neck with barbed wire. Till's body was pulled from the river three days later. What decision made by Till's mother about her son's funeral helped bring attention to his brutal murder? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Shukhov (1853)

Though less widely known than his contemporaries Thomas Edison and Gustave Eiffel, Russian engineer, scientist, and architect Vladimir Shukhov has drawn comparisons to both of them. His innovations in the petroleum refining process and the means of transporting petroleum products revolutionized the oil industry, while his architectural works were of a sort never seen before. He pioneered the construction of thin-shell and tensile structures as well as what innovative type of curved structure? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

be put behind bars

To be arrested and held in prison; to be serving time in prison. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (2018)

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which detail the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the "Four Latin Fathers" of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine's Day in 1565, they named the U.S.'s oldest European community after him. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: midnight

beauty sleep - First defined as sleep taken before midnight, regarded as the most refreshing portion. More...

mesonoxian - Means "of or related to midnight." More...

quarternight - Halfway between sundown and midnight. More...

small hours - Midnight or 1 a.m. to dawn, when the numbered hours are "small." More...

In the News

Hubble Telescope Captures Shimmering "Cosmic Butterfly"

The cosmic butterfly, or as it's known more formally, the twin jet nebula, was captured in a vibrant new image taken from the Hubble Telescope. The glowing colors and expanding gas seen in the image are the final gasps of life for an old star, according ... More...
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