Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

variola

Definition:(noun) An acute, highly infectious, often fatal disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of pimples that blister, produce pus, and form pockmarks.
Synonyms:smallpox
Usage: We could tell from the scars on the faces of the villagers that a variola epidemic had passed through the area in their lifetimes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Might

The modal verb "might" is most often used to express an unlikely or uncertain possibility. How is "might" used in reported speech? More...
Article of the Day

Extreme Ironing

The sport of extreme ironing, in which people take an iron and ironing board to a remote location and perform the typically mundane household chore in an extreme setting, was developed by Englishman Phil Shaw in 1997. Shaw's 1999 international tour promoted the activity, which, according to the official website, is "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt." In what adventurous settings has it been done? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (1902)

Zola had an ardent zeal for social reform. His part in the Dreyfus Affair, notably his 1898 article "J'accuse," was his most conspicuous public action and earned him the animosity of the anti-Dreyfus party. Prosecuted for libel, he escaped to England, where he remained until an amnesty enabled his return to France. A couple of years later, he died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes in his sleep. Was it just a tragic accident or something more sinister? More...
Today's Birthday

Pompey the Great (106 BCE)

Pompey was a Roman general and the rival of Julius Caesar. Along with Caesar and Crassus, he was a member of the First Triumvirate established in 61 BCE. After the death of Pompey's wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, Pompey and Caesar became enemies. When Pompey received the sole consulship as the leader of the senatorial party, Caesar broke with the senate and crossed the Rubicon, and a civil war began. Pompey was defeated at Pharsalus and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated while doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When men exercise their reason coolly and freely on a variety of distinct questions, they inevitably fall into different opinions on some of them. When they are governed by a common passion, their opinions, if they are so to be called, will be the same.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

run wild

To behave or run around in a wild, unruly, out-of-control manner; to be or become crazy or chaotic. More...
Today's Holiday

Mayberry Days (2018)

This annual event celebrates "The Andy Griffith Show," a television comedy about the adventures of a small-town sheriff in a fictional town called Mayberry. The festival was first held in 1990 in actor Andy Griffith's home town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Highlights of the festival include concerts by the Doug Dillard Band, a "Sheriff's Choice" golf tournament, and Colonel Tim's Talent Time. There is also a parade, a Mayberry trivia contest, and a silent auction. Actors associated with the show are often special guests, and watching reruns is a favorite activity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: illness

accession - Can be the "onset of illness or a powerful feeling." More...

allopathy, homeopathy - Allopathy is treatment to suppress the symptoms of illness using the principle of opposites, while homeopathy encourages, rather than suppresses, the body's reaction to an illness. More...

idiopathic disease - An illness of unknown cause. More...

languor - Any distressed condition, such as illness, sorrow, fatigue, etc. More...

In the News

Paralyzed California Man Recounts Re-Learning to Walk via Computer

For paraplegic Adam Fritz, the thrill of the computer-assisted first steps he took five years after being paralyzed in a motorcycle crash came only after he was unhooked from the system that enabled him to walk briefly in a bioengineering lab. During ... More...
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