Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossicle

Definition:(noun) A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear.
Synonyms:bonelet
Usage: Because of their distinctive shapes, the ossicles in the ear are called the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ungradable Adjectives

Ungradable adjectives are adjectives that can't move up and down on a scale of intensity. "Married" and "dead" are both ungradable adjectives. Can ungradable adjectives be used in the comparative form? More...
Article of the Day

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are generally brief, anonymously written songs or verses intended for children. Though these rhymes are thought to help develop vocabulary and counting skills, scholars have actually linked many of these rhymes to historic events. For example, some believe that "Pop Goes the Weasel" is about silk weavers bringing their shuttles or bobbins (known as "weasels") to pawnbrokers to exchange for drinking money. What event does “Ring a Ring O'Roses” supposedly reference? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More...
Today's Birthday

Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Idiom of the Day

the last thing (one) wants

Something which one absolutely does not want or has no use for. More...
Today's Holiday

Jubilee Days Festival (2017)

Founded in 1948, Jubilee Days began as a celebration of the harvest and of God's blessings on the community. It has since become a celebration of the unique heritage of Zion, Illinois. The town was founded in 1901 by the reverend John Alexander Dowie, organizer of the Christian Catholic Church. He died in 1907 and was succeeded by Wilbur Glenn Voliva. Past festivals have included arts and crafts fairs, 5k runs, mayor's prayer breakfasts, Zion queen's pageants, Civil War reenactments, and parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: worry

cark - The noun means "solicitude or sympathetic feeling"; the verb means to fret anxiously or to cause distress or worry. More...

distrait, distraught - Distrait means "absent-minded as a result of apprehension, worry, etc."—while distraught means "agitated" and "bewildered, distracted." More...

ish kabbible - Meaning "I should worry," it is of unknown origin, but is perhaps derived from Yiddish nisht gefidlt, popularized (and perhaps coined) by comedienne Fanny Brice. More...

kedogenous - "Brought about by worry or anxiety." More...

In the News

Sleeping Late? Napping All the Time? What Your Sleep Says about Your Health

Do you sleep between seven to nine hours per night? According to the experts, this is the amount needed, on average, to keep our minds alert and our bodies healthy – but many people aren't getting enough. In the United States, for example, half the ... More...
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