Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

piddling

Definition:(adjective) So trifling or trivial as to be beneath one's consideration.
Synonyms:trivial, petty, fiddling, footling, niggling, picayune, piffling, lilliputian, little
Usage: Because she had only invested a piddling sum of money, she was not worried about the stock's poor performance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming a Compound Sentence with a Semicolon

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance. When can we join the clauses using a semicolon without a conjunction? More...
Article of the Day

Kenning

Often seen in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Celtic literature, a kenning is a poetic phrase used in the place of a name or noun. Kennings can be complex phrases or simple two-word expressions joined to convey a meaning neither word possesses alone. A knowledge of mythology is often vital to the understanding and interpretation of these phrases. "Sail-road," "bath-way," and "whale-way" are all Old English kennings that reference the sea. What is "the flesh of the mother of the enemy of the giantess"? More...
This Day in History

Delta and Northwest Merge to Form World's Largest Airline (2008)

Founded as an aerial crop dusting operation in Georgia, Delta became the world's largest commercial air carrier more than 80 years after its inception when it merged with Northwest Airlines. The consolidation process was completed by January 31, 2010. Today, Delta has approximately 75,000 employees, and its headquarters in Atlanta includes the world's largest connecting hub. In 2007, Delta began a comprehensive recycling program. By 2010, how many acres of airplane carpet had it recycled? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill Mauldin (1921)

After joining the US Army as an infantryman in 1940, Mauldin began sketching cartoons about enlisted life. In 1944, he began producing his cartoons full time for the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of two cynical and unkempt American soldiers, Willie and Joe, made Mauldin a hero to American soldiers in World War II. Later, Mauldin became a political cartoonist for civilian papers. What fate had Mauldin intended for Willie and Joe at the end of the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

in hospital

Receiving medical or surgical treatment, care, or attention at a hospital. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Punky Night (2020)

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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