Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 31, 2021)
Word of the Day

malady

Definition:(noun) A disease, a disorder, or an ailment.
Synonyms:illness, sickness
Usage: He was stricken with a crippling malady.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Gender

Modern English is largely an ungendered language. However, a personal pronoun can be inflected for gender to correspond to the gender of the person. What type of pronouns remain gender-neutral? More...
Article of the Day

The Flehmen Response

In human courtship, a grimace is not generally something one wants to see from a potential love interest. Not so with animals. Cats, horses, llamas, and giraffes are just some of the animals that exhibit the flehmen response, a grimace-like curling of the upper lip and extension of the neck that facilitates the detection of scents—and pheromones—through the vomeronasal organ located in the roof of the mouth. Where does the name "flehmen" come from? More...
This Day in History

Harry Houdini Makes His Final Escape (1926)

Born Erik Weisz, Harry Houdini was an American magician and escape artist. He was famous for escaping from locks, handcuffs, straitjackets, and even sealed chests underwater, thanks to his incredible strength, agility, and skill at manipulating locks. His strength likely carried him through his last performance on October 24, 1926, while suffering from acute appendicitis. He was hospitalized and died on October 31. What strange occurrence in his dressing room contributed to his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Natalie Clifford Barney (1876)

Though she was a writer for all of her adult life, Barney is not widely known today for her poetry, plays, novels, or epigrams. Instead, she is remembered for her strong support of female writers and for her openness about her homosexuality. For more than 60 years, she hosted an international salon at her Paris home. The well-attended gatherings frequently featured women's works. She also wrote proudly about her love of women in a way that few, if any, had since what 6th-century BCE Greek poet? More...
Quotation of the Day
Better than man doth woman understand children, but man is more childish than woman.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

(the) next thing (one) knows

All of a sudden; out of nowhere; without warning. More...
Today's Holiday

Reformation Day (2021)

When Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German monk and religious reformer, nailed his 95 "theses" (or propositions) to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, so many people agreed with his ideas that they spread throughout western Europe and touched off a religious revolt known as the Reformation. As a result, many Christians broke their centuries-old connection with the Roman Catholic Church and established independent churches of their own, prime among them being the Lutheran Church. October 31 is observed by most Protestant denominations as Reformation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

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