Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 7, 2019)
Word of the Day

subroutine

Definition:(noun) A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program.
Synonyms:procedure, function
Usage: Apparently, the program was crashing because there were careless typos in the code for a pivotal subroutine.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Commas

Commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what these elements are. What is a comma splice? More...
Article of the Day

Mottainai

When Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai visited Japan in 2005, she encountered a word that has no direct English translation: mottainai. Although the meaning of term has evolved throughout Japanese history, it is used today to indicate a sense of regret over the waste of anything useful. Maathai has since promoted the use of the word to raise awareness about conservation issues. What English expression is closest in meaning to that of mottainai? More...
This Day in History

Hermine Braunsteiner Becomes First Nazi Extradited from the US (1973)

Nicknamed the "Stomping Mare" for her violent kicking of prisoners, Braunsteiner was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII. After the war, she spent a brief period in jail for war crimes before marrying an American and becoming a US citizen. In 1964, she was confronted at her home in New York by a reporter tipped off about her past by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. When her role in the war came to light, she was stripped of her citizenship and extradited to West Germany. What became of her? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heathcoat (1783)

Heathcoat was not the first person to invent a lacemaking machine, but his apparatus was the first to produce an exact imitation of handmade pillow lace. Patented in 1809, it was the most complex textile machine then in existence. Heathcoat decided to capitalize on his invention by opening a lace mill, but textile workers, angry that they were being replaced by machines, attacked and destroyed it in 1816. Undeterred, he opened a new mill elsewhere. What happened to the steam plough he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

low man on the ladder

The person (not necessarily male) with the least amount of experience, authority, and/or influence in a social or corporate hierarchy. More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Farmers Day (2021)

Farmers Day celebrates the country of Zambia's agricultural sector, praises their efforts in providing crops to feed the country, and gives them a day to relax from their labors. Governmental officials normally give speeches outlining the advances in the harvest of crops, particularly maize. But average citizens enjoy a variety of sporting events that are held on the Farmers Day weekend, including soccer championships. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tables

waitron - A person, male or female, who waits on tables at a restaurant. More...

backgammon - Appears to literally mean "back game," and was first called tables; gammon is the ancestor of game. More...

busboy - A person who clears the dirty dishes from diners' tables, so called from his "bus" or trolley. More...

turn the tables - May come from backgammon, as the game itself was once called tables, and the two halves of the playing board are still called tables. More...

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