Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

congeal

Definition:(verb) Become gelatinous.
Synonyms:jell, set
Usage: We waited patiently for the jello to congeal before cutting it into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Active Voice

You should always use the active voice if an agent is identifiable or contains information that is relevant to the rest of the sentence. On the other hand, when an agent is unknown or irrelevant, we usually switch to the passive voice and do what to the agent? More...
Article of the Day

The Vasa

Still cited as a classic folly, the Vasa is a Swedish warship that sank only a mile into its maiden voyage in 1628. The first and grandest of five ships built to express Sweden's expansionist aspirations, the ship featured hundreds of sculptures whose weight likely hampered its stability. Remarkably well preserved, the ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961 and restored. What anachronistic artifact did pranksters allegedly put in the submerged ship days before the salvage? More...
This Day in History

USA PATRIOT Act Signed into Law (2001)

Enacted quickly and with little opposition in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the sweeping USA PATRIOT Act dramatically enhanced the powers of law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies within the US. The bill has since come under increasing scrutiny and criticism, and aspects of it have faced legal challenges in the courts. After it was renewed in 2006, most of its sections became permanent. What section of the act has riled librarians in particular? More...
Today's Birthday

Mahalia Jackson (1911)

As a child, Jackson sang at the New Orleans church where her father preached. After moving to Chicago, she sang with a touring gospel quintet. Her warm, powerful voice first came to wider public attention in the 1930s. Called "The Queen of Gospel," she sang at an inaugural party for US President John F. Kennedy, at the 1963 March on Washington, and at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite many offers, she refused to sing secular songs. Jackson was born with what physical deformity? More...
Quotation of the Day
It does make a difference what you call things.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

in the eye of (something)

At, in, or amidst the central or focal point of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Demetrius's Day (2020)

St. Demetrius is the patron saint of Salonika (Thessalonike) in northeastern Greece, near where he was martyred, perhaps during the fourth century. His feast day marks the beginning of winter for farmers, and a spell of warm weather after October 26 is often called "the little summer" or "the summer of St. Demetrius." It is a day for opening and tasting the season's new wines. St. Demetrius is also the patron saint of soldiers. October 26 is also the anniversary of the liberation of Salonika from the Turks in 1912. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leader

coryphaeus - A Greek word meaning "chief," for the leader of a party, sect, school of thought, etc. More...

herald - Etymologically, a "leader of an army," from Germanic kharjaz, "army." More...

hegemon - A Greek word for "leader." More...

nestorian, nestor - Nestorian means wise and aged, and a nestor is a senior figure or leader in one's field. More...

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