Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

pillbox

Definition:(noun) A woman's small hat with upright sides and a flat crown.
Synonyms:toque, turban
Usage: Mary had to use hairclips to ensure that her new leopard-skin pillbox didn't slip off her head.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Adverbs

Regular adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" (or a variation) onto the end of an adjective. Irregular adverbs are not formed from standard spelling conventions. What are the most common irregular adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

The African Wild Dog

The African wild dog has the strongest bite, relative to its mass, of any existing carnivorous mammal. Also known as the "painted dog," the species can be identified by its mottled black, yellow, and white coat. Wild dogs once freely roamed sub-Saharan Africa, but they are now threatened by hunting, disease, and habitat loss. With fewer than 3,000 remaining in the wild, they have been named the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. How do they bring meat back to their dens after a hunt? More...
This Day in History

US President George W. Bush Introduces the "Axis of Evil" (2002)

During his 2002 State of the Union Address, US President George W. Bush described the countries of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an "Axis of Evil" for their alleged support of terrorism. Since then, the phrase has spawned many imitations, including the Eritrean-coined "Axis of Belligerence," the South American "Axis of Good," and the "Axis of Diesel" proposed by The Economist magazine. What word did Bush speechwriter David Frum originally use instead of "evil"? More...
Today's Birthday

James Jamerson (1936)

Jamerson learned to play bass guitar in high school in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1950s and thereafter found work as a studio musician for Motown Records. He went on to perform on hundreds of songs by artists like Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and The Supremes, but his work was largely uncredited, and he died in relative obscurity at the age of 47. Today, however, he is regarded as one of the most influential bassists in modern history. One of his fingers even had its own nickname. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

be looking for trouble

To be doing something or acting in a manner that will very likely result in trouble, difficulty, or danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Thomas Paine Day (2018)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a propagandist and humanitarian whose influential pamphlet, Common Sense, is credited with persuading the American colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. On January 29, Paine's birthday, he is honored by members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, New York. They lay a wreath at his monument in the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, which houses some of his letters and personal effects. The cottage in which Paine lived is only a short walk away. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pendant

pendant - A light fixture suspended from a ceiling, or the hanging part of an earring. More...

append - Originally meant "hang on" or "attach as a pendant." More...

pendant, pendent - Pendant is the noun; pendent is the adjective—meaning "hanging, suspended." More...

pennant - A blend of pendant and pennon, a banner or flag. More...

In the News

A Medical Mystery: Cluster of Patients Struck with Rare Amnesia

What started with four patients with a puzzling form of amnesia turned into 14, and doctors are searching for others. Dr. Jed Barash, a neurologist in the Boston area, noticed a pattern between 2012 and 2015. Four patients, mysteriously stricken with a ... More...
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