Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

transversal

Definition:(adjective) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis.
Synonyms:cross, thwartwise
Usage: The transversal beams of the building's frame were to be made of steel, not wood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Perfective vs. Imperfective Aspect

Aspect is a grammatical term that has to do with how an action, state of being, or event unfolds in relation to time. The greatest distinction is made between the perfective aspect, which focuses on actions and events as whole elements, and the imperfective aspect, which does what? More...
Article of the Day

Goiters

A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland that can lead to a prominent swelling in the front of the neck—sometimes nearly doubling its size. While the thyroid normally weighs 0.5 to 0.9 oz (15 to 25 g), goitrous thyroid glands can grow to more than 2 lb (1,000 g) and may interfere with breathing and swallowing and cause a choking feeling. A goiter can be caused by underproduction or overproduction of hormones, but endemic goiter, the most common type, results from a deficiency of what? More...
This Day in History

First Emmy Awards for Excellence in Television (1949)

The Emmy Awards are given for outstanding achievement in US television. They are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1946 and which held the first award ceremony in 1949. Its members vote on outstanding programs, actors, directors, and writers in such categories as drama, comedy, and variety. The Emmy's name is taken from the nickname "immy" for the image orthicon, a television camera tube. Who won the very first Emmy? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Brittany (1477)

Upon her father's death in 1488, Anne became the sovereign duchess of Brittany—and her hand in marriage became very valuable. When she was forced to become queen of France by marrying Charles VIII at age 14, her marriage contract stipulated that whichever spouse survived the longest could keep Brittany. Charles died first, but Anne was then forced to marry his successor. Until her death, she fought in vain to preserve Brittany's autonomy within France. Who was technically her first husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) other half

One's spouse, romantic partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of the Cow (2022)

The Fiesta de la Vaca takes place in the village of San Pablo de los Montes, in the Spanish province of Toledo, on St. Paul's Day. While the religious procession and mass for the feast of San Pablo are going on, a group of young men form a counter-procession in the opposite direction. One of them plays the role of the cow, La Vaca, while another is dressed as Mother Sow, Madre Cochina. A third is dressed as a shepherd, and there are others ringing cow bells. Every time the group passes the image of the saint, they call out, "Here goes the cow!" More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rules

lect - A regional or social variety within a language, a form of speech defined by a homogenous set of rules. More...

precisian - An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures. More...

ring - Boxing started off in circles, and when the Marquess of Queensbury introduced a set of rules in 1867, he also introduced the roped-off square, which continued to be called the "ring." More...

mistress - First meant "a woman who rules or has control," or a "woman who employs others, as servants." More...

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