Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

cocksure

Definition:(adjective) Marked by excessive confidence.
Synonyms:overconfident, positive
Usage: He was arrogant and cocksure but also sensitive and understanding, and I loved him dearly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Choosing the Correct Demonstrative Adjective

"This," "That," "These," and "Those" are the four common demonstrative adjectives in English. Which ones are used to refer to people and objects that are plural? More...
Article of the Day

Lekking

A lek is a traditional site where both males and females of a species congregate during the breeding season. It is comprised of a number of small territories, each occupied by a single male. There, the males attempt to attract a mate by sparring with their neighbors or putting on extravagant visual or aural displays, such as mating "dances," vocal challenges, or plumage displays. What is the "lek paradox"? More...
This Day in History

Cameroon's Lake Monoun Explodes, Suffocating 37 (1984)

The explosion at Cameroon's Lake Monoun, which killed 37 people, at first baffled investigators. It was only after a similar event at nearby Lake Nyos two years later claimed the lives of 1,700 people that experts determined that high concentration of carbon dioxide in the lakes had caused the suffocating limnic eruptions. Venting pipes were inserted into Lake Monoun to remove the gas and prevent future eruptions. How many lakes in the world are susceptible to this sort of deadly gas release? More...
Today's Birthday

Virginia Clemm Poe (1822)

When she was just 13, Virginia Clemm married her first cousin Edgar Allan Poe, who was 14 years her senior. For years, scholars have debated about the nature of this relationship, which was cut short when Virginia tragically died of tuberculosis at 24. Edgar was clearly smitten by his young bride—and muse—and was devastated by her death. Still, some believe that the two were more like siblings than spouses and never actually consummated their marriage. What has led them to this conclusion? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

pay (one's) last respects

To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending his or her funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Nag Panchami (2018)

This Hindu festival is dedicated to the sacred serpent, on whose coils Vishnu rested while he was creating the universe. According to Hindu belief, snakes can bring wealth and rain, and unhappy ones can cause a home to collapse. Therefore milk and flowers are offered to snakes, especially cobras; snake deities; or painted snake images at shrines. Because snakes are also worn by Shiva, hundreds of snakes are released at the Shiva temples in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, where Shiva lived after destroying a demon, and in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, considered the religious capital of the Hindu faith. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrap

mammock - A scrap, shred, or piece that is torn or broken off. More...

riffraff - Rif/riff, "spoil, strip," and raf, "carry off," combined as rif et raf in French, then went to English as riff and raff, "everything, every scrap," and then riffraff. More...

scrip - Can be a scrap of paper with writing on it. More...

tatter - A scrap of cloth, from Old Norse totrar, "rags"; often used as tatters. More...

In the News

6000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear and Tear

American doctors have been noticing an increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. They have suspected two driving forces: more old people and more people who are overweight. A study published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ... More...
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