Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 12, 2020)
Word of the Day

miscue

Definition:(noun) A minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
Synonyms:parapraxis, slip-up
Usage: Any politician's career will feature a miscue or two, but our buffoonish mayor makes public gaffes on an almost weekly basis.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Restrictive vs. Non-Restrictive Relative Clauses

Restrictive relative clauses are clauses carrying essential information. Without its restrictive relative clause, a main clause will lack a vital description and fail to convey the full or appropriate meaning. What are non-restrictive relative clauses? More...
Article of the Day

Gaeltachts

Irish Gaelic was made an official language of Ireland in 1921. Although hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens and people of Irish descent have some competence in Irish Gaelic, it is a true community language only for a small number of people on Ireland's western coast in what are called Gaeltachts—an Irish Gaelic term for regions in Ireland where it is spoken as a native language. In what ways has the government attempted to revive Gaelic as the primary language of the country? More...
This Day in History

Dr. James Bedford Becomes First Person to Undergo Cryopreservation (1967)

The field of cryonics involves techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, and organs—or the entire body—in the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. In 1967, Bedford became the first person to have his entire body frozen in perpetuity. Since then, hundreds have undergone the procedure. What celebrities have been frozen? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Burke (1729)

Burke was a British parliamentarian, orator, and political philosopher. Essays he published in the late 1750s gained the attention of Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant, and he was hired to edit a yearly survey of world affairs. In his many and diverse writings, he left a monumental construction of British political thought that had a profound and long-term influence in England, America, and France. Burke held contrasting opinions on the American and French revolutions. Which did he support? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are strings … in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) a knack for (something)

To be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (2020)

Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan has always been considered a significant manifestation of Jesus' divinity, and has been celebrated on Epiphany by the Orthodox Church since the end of the second century. However, in 1961 the Roman Catholic Church began to celebrate it as a separate feast in its own right. The original date for the feast was January 13, but when the Church calendar was reorganized in 1969, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was moved to the Sunday following the Epiphany. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: paddle

paddle - An aquatic animal's flipper can also be called a paddle—as can the foot of a duck or the wing of a penguin. More...

patrol - Comes from a French word meaning "paddle about in the mud." More...

rudder - First meant "paddle" or "oar." More...

float - The boards and paddle of a waterwheel or paddlewheel are the floats. More...

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