Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 29, 2019)
Word of the Day

comminute

Definition:(verb) Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading.
Synonyms:bray, mash, crunch, grind
Usage: The chef comminuted the spices in his mortar for several minutes before sprinkling them on the chicken.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. They are used to create different tenses or aspects, to form negatives and interrogatives, or to add emphasis to a sentence. What are auxiliary verbs also called? More...
Article of the Day

Apiculture

Apiculture is the practice of beekeeping—the care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry. Early efforts at collecting honey required destroying the hive. However, modern beekeepers are able to extract the cells of the honeycomb without damaging them. To collect honey, beekeepers need a veiled helmet for protection and a smoker, which does what? More...
This Day in History

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Convicted of Espionage (1951)

In 1951, the Rosenbergs were prosecuted for conspiracy to transmit classified military information to the Soviet Union. During the Rosenbergs' trial, the government charged that they had persuaded Ethel's brother, an employee at the Los Alamos atomic bomb project, to provide them with top-secret data on nuclear weapons. They were convicted and executed via the electric chair, becoming the first US civilians to suffer the death penalty for espionage. What happened to their children? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir John McEwen (1900)

McEwen was an Australian politician and the country's 18th prime minister. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1934 and served in several ministerial posts between 1937 and 1941. He was prime minister for three weeks following the disappearance and presumed death of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967, and he caused a leadership crisis by announcing that he and his party colleagues would refuse to serve in a government led by William McMahon. What was McEwen's objection to McMahon? More...
Quotation of the Day
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be sick to death of (something)

To be or become exceedingly wearied by, bored of, or exasperated with something. More...
Today's Holiday

Borrowed Days (2022)

According to an old Scottish rhyme, the last three days in March were "borrowed" from April, in return for which March promised to destroy three young sheep. Other references go back even farther. Both an ancient calendar of the Church of Rome and a 1548 book known as The Complaynt of Scotland allude to the days at the end of March as being more like winter than spring. Whatever their origin, it seems likely that the wet, windy weather that so often comes at the end of March gave rise to the notion that this month had to "borrow" some additional time. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suffer

impatient - Meaning "not able to bear or suffer," based on Latin pati, "to suffer." More...

compatible - Its base is Latin compati, "suffer with." More...

harrow, harrowing - To harrow is to wound the feelings or cause to suffer—which gives us harrowing. More...

suffer - To suffer something is, etymologically, to "hold or sustain it from underneath," from Latin sufferre, "sustain." More...

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