Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 8, 2021)
Word of the Day

whorl

Definition:(noun) A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl.
Synonyms:curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll
Usage: He ... made each individual line of the bewildering maze of whorls or curves or loops ... stand out bold and black by reinforcing it with ink.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive adverbs are a specific type of conjunction. Conjunctions are used to join together words, phrases, or clauses. Conjunctive adverbs are specifically used to connect two independent clauses. What is an independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Reiki

Reiki is an alternative healing practice in which the practitioner is believed to channel energy into the patient in order to encourage healing. Named for a Japanese term meaning "universal life force," it was developed in the 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion who was intrigued by accounts of Christ's ability to heal people by touching them. Reiki practitioners use simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques during sessions in which what happens? More...
This Day in History

The Beer Hall Putsch (1923)

Years before Adolf Hitler rose to power, he led an unsuccessful insurrection against the Weimar Republic. It began when he and his men stormed a right-wing political meeting in a Munich beer hall and coerced its leaders to join in his "revolution." The next day, some 3,000 Nazis marched in Munich. When police responded with deadly force, the putsch was abandoned. Hitler's treason earned him a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served only 8 months. How did he pass the time while incarcerated? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Rorschach (1884)

Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist, devised his eponymous inkblot test to gauge the perceptions, intelligence, and emotional traits of his patients and used it to gather data for his 1921 book Psychodiagnostics. Based on the idea that people project their unconscious thoughts onto stimuli, the controversial test requires an individual to look at a series of inkblots one at a time and report what he or she sees in each of them. What was Rorschach's surprisingly prescient childhood nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

not any hard feelings

No ill will; no resentment or anger. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2021)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vigor

vim, vigor - Vim is the same as vigor. More...

bouncing - In bouncing baby, it means "vigorous." More...

feckful - Means "efficient, vigorous," or "powerful." More...

macho, machismo - Macho is from Mexican Spanish, meaning "male animal or plant" or "masculine, vigorous"—from Latin masculus, "male"; machismo (pronounced mah-CHEEZ-mo) is based on macho. More...

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