Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

uninitiated

Definition:(adjective) Not knowledgeable or skilled; inexperienced.
Synonyms:naive
Usage: To an uninitiated onlooker, nothing could have been more ghastly or absurd.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences’ objects. These combinations are also known as prepositional verbs. How do prepositional verbs differ from phrasal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Maple Syrup Urine Disease

Branched chain ketoaciduria, or maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), is a metabolic disorder in which an enzyme deficiency allows branched-chain amino acids to build up in the blood and urine. Often diagnosed in infancy, the condition gets its name from the distinctive sweet odor—similar to that of maple syrup or burnt caramel—of the sufferer's urine. If left untreated, MSUD can cause severe brain damage or death. Why is the disease more prevalent in children of Amish and Mennonite descent? More...
This Day in History

Leningrad's Name Reverts to Saint Petersburg (1991)

Russia's second largest city, Saint Petersburg is a major seaport, rail junction, and industrial, cultural, and scientific center. The city was built in 1703 by Peter the Great, who sought an outlet to the sea and a port for trade through the Baltic. It was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 to 1917. The city's name was changed to Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad in 1924. The city's original name, Saint Petersburg, was restored in 1991. Who made the decision to restore the original name? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Robert Dornberger (1895)

A German artillery officer during World War I, Dornberger was captured and spent two years in a French prisoner-of-war camp. After his release, he studied engineering, and, beginning in 1932, directed construction of the V-2 rocket, the forerunner of all post-war spacecraft. Along with other German scientists, Dornberger was brought to the US as part of Operation Paperclip and worked as an advisor on guided missiles for the US Air Force. He became a key consultant on what major American venture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

make (one's) own way

To advance or progress, especially through life, according to one's own efforts, inclinations, or designs. More...
Today's Holiday

Aloha Festivals (2021)

Aloha Festivals is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Once a week-long event called Aloha Week, it's now a two-month affair with 300 events that starts in Honolulu in early September and runs through the end of October, with a week of festivities on every island of Hawaii. The celebrations include canoe races between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, coronations of royal courts as commemorations of the former Hawaiian monarchy, street parties, cultural events, parades, and pageantry. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: summit

colophon - A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke." More...

knoll - The summit or rounded top of a mountain or hill, it seems to derive from Old Teutonic knoo-lo, meaning "ball, clod, knot." More...

acrobat - Derived from Greek akrobatos, "walking on tiptoe," from Greek akron, "summit," and baino, "walk." More...

knap - The crest or summit of a hill. More...

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