Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

passementerie

Definition:(noun) Ornamental trimming for a garment, as braid, lace, or metallic beads.
Synonyms:trim
Usage: The passementerie on her hat was so elaborate that it made the brim droop.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb + a preposition or an adverbial particle, and their meaning is uniquely tied to each particular combination. What is a particle? More...
Article of the Day

The Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are a network of subterranean tunnels and rooms located in Roman-era limestone quarries that were converted into a mass tomb at the end of the 18th century to curb the spread of disease due to improper burials and mass graves. Today, only a small portion of the catacombs, which span more than 186 miles, is open to the public, but many enter them illegally via secret entrances found throughout Paris. Why were the catacombs closed to the public in 2009? More...
This Day in History

First Electric Traffic Light Is Installed (1914)

Prior to 1914, there had been several attempts to create automobile traffic signals similar to those used by railroads, but it was only after a four-way electric signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, that the modern traffic light system began to take root. The signal had only two colors, green and red, but the three-color version still in use today was not far off. Besides railroad signals, what earlier application of red and green might have led to the use of these colors in traffic lights? More...
Today's Birthday

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930)

Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared "one giant leap for mankind." Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

gut-wrenching

Agonizing; extremely distressing, unpleasant, or emotionally disturbing; having a severe effect on one's feelings. More...
Today's Holiday

Hanagasa Odori Matsuri (2020)

One of the largest festivals in the Tohoku region of Japan, Hanagasa Odori Matsuri is held in Yamagata on August 5-7. Thousands of dancers holding hanagasa, which are hats made out of bamboo or rush and decorated with flowers, dance through the city while spectators cheer them on. The rhythmic pulse of the hanagasa songs keeps the dancers moving together as they march down the city streets yelling "Yassho! Makasho!" and twirling their hats to the left, right, up, and down. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: recipe

German chocolate - Refers to Baker's German Sweet Chocolate, German being an employee of Baker who developed the sweet chocolate in the recipe. More...

receipt - Its first meaning was "a drug made according to a recipe" or a "recipe" for making food. More...

recipe - As a verb, it was once used at the beginning of medical prescriptions and it first (in Latin) meant "take"—we are familiar with its use by physicians in the abbreviation R or Rx. More...

tollhouse cookie - Named after the Toll House in Whitman, Massachusetts, the source of the recipe. More...

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