Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

hackneyed

Definition:(adjective) Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.
Synonyms:banal, old-hat, stock, threadbare, timeworn, trite, well-worn, tired, shopworn, commonplace
Usage: For God's sake do not thrust upon me your hackneyed remarks, repeated to nausea, that "I was only a dreamer," while they even then had an understanding of life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. Linking verbs are usually used as stative verbs; these include the verb "be" and the verbs of the senses. What other verbs are considered stative? More...
Article of the Day

Wood Frogs: Cryogenics at Work

Found in moist North American woodlands, wood frogs are forest-dwelling amphibians notable for their resistance to freezing. During cold spells, the frogs' liver glycogen is converted in large quantities to glucose in response to ice formation in their tissues. The glucose acts as antifreeze, inhibiting ice formation in cells, which would otherwise rupture. If ice formation is confined to extracellular fluids, the frogs are able to survive the winter. In what unique place do wood frogs breed? More...
This Day in History

Modern, Skimpy Bikini Debuted at Paris Pool Fashion Show (1946)

Although women have worn bikini-like two-piece garments for centuries—mosaics from the 4th century depict women in such garb—the modern bikini was only introduced in 1946. Anticipating that his revealing swimwear design would have an explosive effect on fashion, French engineer Louis Réard named his skimpy suit after the Bikini atoll in the central Pacific, where US nuclear testing had just begun. However, he struggled to find a model to debut his G-string bikini. Who finally agreed to wear it? More...
Today's Birthday

P. T. Barnum (1810)

Barnum may be best known for the circus he formed with James Bailey in 1881, but this took place late in his life and was neither his first, nor sole, line of work. The splashy showman was also an author and, oddly enough, a politician. Yes, the man who may have said "There's a sucker born every minute" was elected to office—more than once. Apparently fond of seeing his name in print, Barnum published his autobiography in 1855 and even got a newspaper to oblige him in what way before his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

the moral high ground

A position of moral authority or superiority that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. (Used especially in the phrase "take/claim/seize/etc. the moral high ground.") More...
Today's Holiday

Tynwald Ceremony (2018)

The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England in the Irish Sea, was once the property of the Vikings. It was here that they established their custom of holding an open-air court for the settling of disputes and the passing of laws. Today, the Tynwald Ceremony—whose name comes from the Norse Thing vollr, meaning a fenced open parliament—is held at St. John's on Tynwald Hill on July 5, when the Lieutenant-Governor reads a brief summary of every bill that has been passed during the year—first in English, and then in Manx, the old language of the island. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: token

jetton - A counter or token used as a gambling chip or to operate slot machines. More...

token - Etymologically, something that "shows" you something, from a base meaning "show, sign." More...

indicium - An indication, sign, or token—specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage. More...

signal, sign - Signal is from Latin signalis, "of a sign," from signum, "mark, token"—from which sign is derived. More...

In the News

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" ... More...
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