Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 21, 2016)
Word of the Day

profuse

Definition:(adjective) Plentiful; copious.
Synonyms:lush, riotous, luxuriant, exuberant
Usage: He wiped his forehead, which had broken out in profuse perspiration at the thought of the pain which he might have to inflict upon the poor soul.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence. What is a direct object? More...
Article of the Day

Ibogaine

Ibogaine, a psychoactive compound derived from plants, is used by some African peoples for medicinal and ritual purposes. Identified in the early 1960s as having anti-addictive properties, it has been shown to cause sudden and complete interruption of heroin addiction—without withdrawal—in a matter of hours. Research suggests that it may also be useful in treating addiction to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and nicotine. Why is it banned in many countries? More...
This Day in History

Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium (1898)

Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie were working with pitchblende, a heavy mineral known to contain the radioactive element uranium, when they noticed something unusual. Somehow, the pitchblende was more radioactive than the uranium it contained. The culprit was radium, a previously unknown element present in pitchblende only in trace amounts—yet more than a million times more radioactive than uranium. What common household products contained radium until it was discovered to be dangerous? More...
Today's Birthday

Cicely Isabel Fairfield, AKA Dame Rebecca West (1892)

One of the most highly regarded British prose writers of the 20th century, West began her career as a journalist for feminist and suffragist publications. She then served as a literary critic and political writer for American and British journals. Her admired reports on the Nuremberg Trials were collected in A Train of Powder, and her history of Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, is a classic work of travel literature. Why did West have to be evacuated from her home in 1980? More...
Quotation of the Day
There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have a heavy heart

To have a dejected or miserable attitude or disposition; to be in a depressed or grievous state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Juul (2017)

The Feast of Juul was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the Winter Solstice. Fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light, and life-giving properties of the returning sun. A Yule (or Juul) log was brought in with great ceremony and burned on the hearth in honor of the Scandinavian god Thor. A piece of the log was kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year's log. The present-day custom of lighting a Yule log at Christmas is believed to have originated in the bonfires associated with the Feast of Juul. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small quantity

fingerfull - A pinch or small quantity. More...

quantulum - A small quantity. More...

dreg - A small remnant or a small quantity. More...

dribs and drabs - First recorded in the 19th century; both of the words mean "small quantity or amount," making this an emphatic phrase. More...

In the News

Humpback Whales' 'Humanitarian' Tendencies Might Not Be as Selfless

In spring 2015, marine biologist Nancy Black was out on her boat watching a group of killer whales hunt a group of sea lions. As soon as the killer whales surrounded one of the sea lions, some humpback whales charged the attack, “trumpets blowing,” recalled Black. That ... More...
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