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Word of the Day

proclivity

Definition: (noun) A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition.
Synonyms: leaning, propensity
Usage: John has a proclivity for exaggeration, so take everything he says with a grain of salt.
Article of the Day

Mountweazels

The 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia hails Lillian Virginia Mountweazel as a fountain designer and photographer renowned for her photos of rural mailboxes. Her entry notes that she was killed in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine. Alas, the amusing entry is fictitious. Incorrect articles purposely placed in reference works like dictionaries and encyclopedias have since become known as "Mountweazels." What legitimate purpose do these entries serve? More...
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. Comparative adverbs and comparative adjectives sometimes have the same form. However, even when the forms are the same, how can we tell the difference between the two? More...
Idiom of the Day

make a leg

obsolete To make a show of obeisance or fealty by bowing deeply (drawing one's right leg back in the process). More...

This Day in History

First Successful Trial Run of a Steamboat (1787)

John Fitch was a man plagued by misfortune. His first foundry was a failure and his second was destroyed in the American Revolution. During a short-lived career as a surveyor in the early 1780s, he was captured by Native Americans. His luck finally seemed to turn around in 1786, when he built the first steamboat in the US, and in 1787, when he demonstrated his aptly named Perseverance on the Delaware River for an audience from the Constitutional Convention. Was his good fortune to last? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Papin (1647)

Unappreciated in his time, Papin was a French physicist and inventor who significantly advanced the development of steam power. In 1679, he invented a steam digester that was the forerunner of the pressure cooker, in the process demonstrating the influence of atmospheric pressure on boiling points. His observations of his digester then led him to design a steam-driven piston that became the basis for early steam engines. Despite his innovations, he died in relative obscurity. Where is he buried? More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary (2021)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
Quote of the Day
Men come and go as leaves year by year upon the trees. Those of autumn the wind sheds upon the ground, but when spring returns the forest buds forth with fresh vines.
Homer
(900 BC-800 BC)
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Today's topic: removal

beheadment - The removal of an initial letter of a word to form a new word (e.g. blather becomes lather). More...

curtailment - The removal of the last letter of a word to leave another word (e.g. goon becomes goo). More...

detail - Comes from French de-, "removal," and tailler, "cut in pieces," and means "to relate or describe minutely." More...

water softening - The removal of calcium and magnesium ions from water, or their replacement with sodium, either by chemical reaction or by ion exchange. More...

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