Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 11, 2021)
Word of the Day

pedantic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms:donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs (also called helping verbs) are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. What are the three primary auxiliary verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Prince Rupert's Drops

Prince Rupert's Drops are formed when molten glass is dripped into cold water. The glass forms a tadpole-shaped droplet with a long, thin tail, and when the inside cools, it contracts, pressing against the already-solid outer part. Due to the residual stress, the extremely hard bulbous part can withstand a blow from a hammer, but if the tail is damaged even slightly, the entire drop shatters explosively into a fine powder. Prince Rupert did not invent the drops, so why are they named for him? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522)

After earning a degree in medicine, Aldrovandi took up botany and zoology, amassing a spectacular cabinet of curiosities containing thousands of specimens. He is said to have been the first to use the word "geology" in its modern sense. Carolus Linnaeus, the botanist who laid the groundwork for the modern system of naming species, hailed Aldrovandi as the father of natural history. Aldrovandi also founded Bologna's public botanical garden and was its first curator. Why was he arrested in 1549? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make the welkin ring

To make a very loud, reverberating sound or noise. ("Welkin" is an archaic or literary word for the skies or the heavens, only used in contemporary English as a part of this phrase.) More...
Today's Holiday

Patriot Day (2021)

Patriot Day in the United States commemorates the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, DC, and in the skies above Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Each year, the president proclaims a day of national observance in memory of the more than 2,700 people who lost their lives in the attacks. Throughout the nation, flags are flown at half-staff, and a moment of silence is observed at 8:46 AM, Eastern time, the exact moment the first plane flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thrust

thrust - Borrowed from Old Norse thrysta, "compress, thrust." More...

foin - To make a thrust or lunge with a pointed weapon. More...

contrude - To push, thrust, or crowd together. More...

extrude - Its Latin base is trudere, "thrust." More...

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