Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

megrim

Definition:(noun) A severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men.
Synonyms:hemicrania, migraine, sick headache
Usage: Her megrims were severe, and she often had to miss work because of the terrible pain.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs that Take Both "To" and "At"

Many verbs are able to take multiple prepositions after them. However, this often results in a change in the sentence's meaning. The most common of these pairs is "to" and "at"—a large number of verbs are able to take both. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

Risk

Risk refers to the potential negative impact that may arise from some present or future event. In common usage, it has become synonymous with the probability of a loss or threat. There are different definitions of risk, and its measurement can be difficult, but industries that are risk-sensitive use the equation: Risk = (probability of the event) x (consequence). Thus, the harsher the loss and the more likely the event, the worse the risk. What role does framing play in risk assessment? More...
This Day in History

Second Vatican Council Convenes (1962)

Held in four sessions over the course of three years, the Second Vatican Council was a meeting of Catholic Church leaders with the announced purpose of reconsidering the position of the church in the modern world. Among many other changes, the council reformed the liturgy, permitting the use of the vernacular language, rather than Latin. Representatives from non-Catholic churches were invited to observe the sessions. What unexpected event nearly ended the council prematurely? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerome Robbins (1918)

Robbins was an influential American dancer and director and the choreographer of Broadway musicals such as The King and I, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. He choreographed and directed both the stage and film versions of the immensely popular West Side Story, for which he shared an Academy Award for Best Director. He was reportedly so unpopular on the set of 1945's Billion Dollar Baby that the company watched silently as he accidently walked into what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

in full gear

At the highest or maximum level of function, operation, or performance. More...
Today's Holiday

Italian Heritage Parade (2020)

Since 1869, the city of San Francisco has hosted the annual Italian Heritage Parade in the heavily Italian North Beach area. After services at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, the parade wends its way from Fisherman's Wharf down Columbus Avenue to Washington Square Park. Floats and marching bands from local organizations make up the procession. Every year, young girls are chosen from the community to serve as Queen Isabella and her court, named after the Spanish queen who financed Columbus's historic expedition. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snake

squamous, squamulose - A fish or snake can be squamous or squamulose—covered with minute scales. More...

adder - A snake, it was first "a nadder," which was misanalyzed to "an adder." More...

snark - A blend of snake and shark by Lewis Carroll, it is a synonym for "snore" or "snort." More...

tang - The tongue of a snake. More...

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