Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

presentiment

Definition:(noun) A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
Synonyms:boding, foreboding, premonition
Usage: We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. What two things does a subordinating conjunction do in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Polymers

Both DNA and plastic, two seemingly unrelated materials, are classified as polymers, compounds of usually high molecular weight consisting of a number of structural units linked together by covalent bonds. A diverse assortment of natural and synthetic materials comprises the class of polymers, including hair, polyester, and shellac. Polymers are even used in the production of microprocessor parts. What is the process that produces polymers called? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

make heavy going of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day (2021)

Between 1961 and 1991, the small country of Eritrea in eastern Africa waged a war of independence against Ethiopia. An important holiday that recognizes Eritrean sacrifices during this prolonged campaign is the Start of the Armed Struggle Day, also known as Bahti Meskerem, commemorating the first shot fired in 1961 at Mount Adal. The day's festivities take place in the country and in Eritrean communities throughout the world. Observances typically include a moment of silence in honor of the martyrs, the singing of the Eritrean national anthem, and public statements by dignitaries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pour

diffuse - Based on Latin diffundere, "pour out," from fundere, "pour," it means "to spread out." More...

geyser - From Icelandic Geysir, "hot spring," from Old Norse geysa, "pour or rush forth." More...

refund - First meant "pour back," and comes from Latin re- and fundere. More...

gluck, glug - Gluck or glug is the light repetitive gurgling sound of liquid being poured from a bottle. More...

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