Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 13, 2020)
Word of the Day

commix

Definition:(verb) To bring or combine together or with something else.
Synonyms:amalgamate, mingle, unify
Usage: Chef Gordon is famous for his ability to commix unusual ingredients and create tasty, original dishes from them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions Used to Convey a Reason

We use the subordinating conjunctions "in order that," "so that," and "so" to give a reason for an action. They are interchangeable in meaning, but differ in formality. Which one is the most formal? More...
Article of the Day

Essential Oils

Known and traded since ancient times, essential oils are highly volatile organic compounds distilled from plants. Each type of oil imparts the "essence," or characteristic odor, of the plant from which it is derived. This aroma can rarely be reproduced using synthetic components. Essential oils are used for flavoring food, scenting perfume, and in medicine. Clove oil, for instance, is used in dentistry, and eucalyptus oil as a disinfectant. What other uses do essential oils have? More...
This Day in History

Kapp Putsch Briefly Ousts Weimar Republic Government (1920)

The fledgling Weimar Republic was just a year old when a renegade right-wing military unit made the first serious coup attempt. The government had tried to disband the unit to comply with the Versailles Treaty—which limited military power in Germany—so the brigade took Berlin. The legitimate regime fled, and Wolfgang Kapp, a radical civil servant, formed a new government. Within days, the coup collapsed and the former regime returned, thanks to a massive swell of support from whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham "Al" Jaffee (1921)

A regular contributor to Mad for more than 55 years, Jaffee is the satirical magazine's longest-running contributor, as both an illustrator and writer. Since 1964, only one issue has been published without new material from Jaffee, now in his 90s. He created some of the magazine's most popular features, such as blueprint-style inventions and his famous "fold-ins"—which he continues to draw by hand. Before joining Mad, Jaffee worked with what then-unknown comic book pioneer? More...
Quotation of the Day
This simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

have a crush on (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. More...
Today's Holiday

Omizutori Matsuri (2020)

Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conchs echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil. On March 13, the ceremony of drawing water is observed to the accompaniment of ancient music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suddenly

squall - A violent wind that comes in suddenly, but does not last long, and is often accompanied by rain or snow. More...

amaze, surprise - Amaze once meant "alarm, terrify," but now means "astonish"; surprise means "meet with suddenly or without warning." More...

intersilient - Describing something suddenly emerging in the midst of something. More...

subitary - "Suddenly or hastily done or made." More...

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