Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

impermanent

Definition:(adjective) Not lasting or durable; not permanent.
Synonyms:temporary
Usage: After weeks of carefully constructing the beautiful sand mandala, the Tibetan monks quietly swept it away in a ceremony emphasizing the impermanent nature of existence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives of Opinion

Adjectives of opinion always come first before any other factual descriptions of the noun. There are two types of opinion adjectives. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Squatting

Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that one does not own, rent, or have permission to use. Many of the slums and shanty towns found in the world's poorest countries began as squats established on illegally occupied land. Commonly seen in urban areas the world over, squats function as residences as well as social centers. According to one source, there may be as many as one billion squatters globally. What is the international squatters' symbol? More...
This Day in History

"What Hath God Wrought" (1844)

Samuel F.B. Morse was originally a painter, and a good one. His portraits still rank among the finest produced in the US. However, he is best remembered for having developed the telegraph and the code of dots and dashes that bears his name. In 1844, Morse demonstrated the practicability of his instrument to Congress by transmitting the famous message "What hath God wrought" over a wire from Washington, DC, to Baltimore. Morse was also instrumental in introducing what other innovation to the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898)

Now regarded as the founder of pediatric cardiology, Taussig was an American physician who, among other things, revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of "blue babies," babies whose heart malformations cause low blood oxygen content. She pioneered the use of fluoroscopy to identify defects in the heart and great vessels and devised a surgical treatment with Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas that saved thousands of infants. She also helped block the approval of what dangerous drug in the US? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

have (some/any) qualms about (something or someone)

To have some or certain hesitations, apprehensions, uneasiness, or pangs of conscience (about something or someone). (Also often used in the negative to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Ganga Dussehra (2018)

According to Hindu mythology, the Ganges River in India originally flowed only in heaven. In the form of a goddess, Ganga, the river was brought down to earth by King Bhagiratha in order to purify the ashes of his ancestors, 60,000 of whom had been burned under a curse from the great sage Kapila. On Ganga Dussehra, the 10th day of the waxing half of the month of Jyestha, Hindus able to reach the Ganges take a dip in the river to purify their sins and remedy their physical ills. Those who live far away from the Ganges immerse themselves in whatever river, pond, or sea they can get to on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wind instrument

organ - Comes from Latin organum, from Greek oganon, "implement, instrument, tool"; it was first a very general term, but was then used for "wind instrument" and "functional part of the body." More...

poop - Once had the meaning "to make an abrupt sound, as from a wind instrument." More...

bell - The flared open end of a wind instrument. More...

tootle - To toot continuously, as notes on a wind instrument. More...

In the News

Video Shows the Terrifying Moment a Sea Lion Yanks a Girl into the Water

The first part of a now-viral video shows a sea lion swimming near a dock in Steveston, a seaside community on Canada's western coast. The sound of cameras clicking can be heard in the background as onlookers marveled at its size. The animal swims ... More...
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