Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

patella

Definition:(noun) A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint.
Synonyms:kneecap, kneepan
Usage: Having learned his lesson, the rollerblader wore kneepads to protect his patellae from further injury.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause and one dependent clause. What is the independent clause also known as? More...
Article of the Day

Bloatware

During the 1970s, computer system resources like disk space and memory were fairly limited, and software developers worked long hours to produce small, efficient software products. Although technology has since improved, the industry's focus on marketing and rapid coding has resulted in the proliferation of bloatware—software that gets larger and more complex with each version without providing obvious benefits to users. Which of today's programs are often cited as examples of bloatware? More...
This Day in History

Anschluss: German Troops Occupy Austria (1938)

Though the union of Austria and Germany was forbidden by the Treaty of Saint-Germain in 1919, the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938. The German term Anschluss—"annexation"—is most frequently used in reference to this event. When the Nazis entered Austria to enforce the Anschluss, they encountered no military opposition and quickly took control. The US, USSR, and UK signed a declaration proclaiming the Anschluss null and void in 1943, yet Austria did not regain its sovereignty until what year? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav Kirchhoff (1824)

German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff was a pioneering scientist who contributed to the fundamental understanding of electrical circuits, spectroscopy, and the emission of black-body radiation by heated objects. He formulated several eponymous laws related to electrical circuits and thermodynamic reactions. Kirchhoff and Robert Bunsen—of Bunsen burner fame—began a new era in astronomy when they applied spectrum analysis to the Sun. Which two chemical elements did they discover in the 1860s? More...
Quotation of the Day
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. More...
Today's Holiday

Girl Scout Day (2022)

This observance marks the anniversary of the founding of the American Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912. The day is the focal point of Girl Scout Week, which begins on the Sunday before March 12 and is observed by Girl Scout troops nationwide in various ways—with community service projects, anniversary parties, and plays. The 80th anniversary in 1992 was celebrated with various events, including the kick-off of a national service project on the environment. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: procedure

process, procedure - A process is a set or series of actions directed to some end or a natural series of changes; a procedure is a series of actions conducted in a certain manner, an established way of doing something. More...

ceremonially, ceremoniously - Ceremonially relates to the performance of a procedure; ceremoniously relates to the performer of the procedure. More...

procedure, process, proceed - Procedure, process, and proceed come from Latin procedere, "to go forward." More...

seder - The Hebrew word for "order, procedure"; it is the ceremonial Jewish dinner held on the first night of Passover. More...

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