Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 11, 2019)
Word of the Day

extrude

Definition:(verb) Form or shape by forcing through an opening.
Synonyms:squeeze out
Usage: The pasta machine extruded the dough through a series of small holes, thus shaping it into spaghetti.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Appositives

An appositive is a noun that serves to describe or rename another noun (or pronoun) that appears directly before it in a sentence. When an appositive is made up of a noun phrase, what is it called? More...
Article of the Day

"Boss" Tweed

William Tweed was a US politician, now famous for his corruption, who in the 1850s gained influence in the Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall and used it to obtain leading positions in New York City government. He appointed political cronies to key posts and gained control of the city’s treasury, from which he plundered as much as $200 million. Exposure by the press eventually led to his conviction and imprisonment, but he escaped and fled to Spain. What led to his recapture? More...
This Day in History

Mikhail Gorbachev Becomes Leader of the Soviet Union (1985)

In 1985, after the death of the third Soviet leader in two years, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, ushering in an era of political reform with his policies of glasnost and perestroika. He cultivated warmer relations with the US and others and even supported the democratically elected governments that replaced the communist regimes of eastern Europe. In 1991, he resigned the presidency of the USSR, which ceased to exist the same day. How did his own policies lead to the end of his administration? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915)

In the 1950s, Licklider—who had studied math and physics and had a doctorate in psychology—began studying information technology. He was appointed head of information processing at ARPA, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the early 60s. There, he laid the groundwork for computer networking and ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is considered one of the most important figures in computing history and is often compared to what historical trailblazer? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have enough on (one's) plate

To be sufficiently busy or preoccupied with work, problems, or difficulties as to be unable or unwilling to cope with anything more. More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Restoration of Statehood Day (2020)

Lithuania had been independent for only 12 years when the Soviets occupied the country in 1940. The people voted for self-rule in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the U.S.S.R. on March 11, 1990. Restoration of Statehood Day is an official holiday in Lithuania. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pushing

centrifugal, centripetal - Centrifugal force pulls away or pushes outward; centripetal draws toward or pulls inward. More...

cow tipping - A widely frowned-upon activity whereby one knocks over a sleeping cow (which sleeps standing up) by pushing on its side. More...

exert - Can refer to a seed's pushing out or up. More...

crowd - Its underlying notion is of "pushing, pressing," from Old English crudan, "press." More...

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