Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

platitude

Definition:(noun) A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant.
Synonyms:banality, cliche, commonplace, bromide
Usage: A trite platitude about his not caring to lose her was on his lips, but he refrained from uttering it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Adjectives vs. Interrogative Pronouns

The most common mistake regarding interrogative adjectives is confusing them with interrogative pronouns. This is because all three interrogative adjectives ("what," "which," and "whose") can also function as interrogative pronouns. What is an easy way to be sure whether you are dealing with an interrogative adjective or an interrogative pronoun? More...
Article of the Day

The Vein of Love

According to tradition, the vena amoris, or "vein of love," runs directly from the heart to the fourth finger of the left hand. This belief has been cited in Western cultures as one reason why engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger. The earliest known use of the phrase is found in A Treatise of Spousal or Matrimonial Contracts, published in 1686 by Henry Swinburne, who claims the concept derives from what ancient culture? More...
This Day in History

Assassination Attempt on Gerry Adams (1984)

Adams is an Irish Republican politician, former member of Parliament for Belfast West, and president of Sinn Féin, the Irish nationalist movement that has gained notoriety for its association with the volatile Irish Republican Army (IRA). He has been a key figure in Irish peace negotiations and was the main architect of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. In 1984, Adams was wounded when several gunmen opened fire on his car. What did Adams allege about the British army's failure to prevent the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Ehrlich (1854)

Ehrlich was a German bacteriologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908 for his work on immunology. He is also noted for his work in hematology, cellular pathology, and the use of dyes in microscopy. Ehrlich coined the term "chemotherapy" and is credited with the first empirical observation of the blood-brain barrier. He also made notable contributions to the treatment of syphilis, stimulating research that led to the development of what widely-used drug? More...
Quotation of the Day
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

rob the till

To steal the earnings of a shop or restaurant from out of its cash register. More...
Today's Holiday

Mamuralia (2022)

According to one Roman myth, Mamurius was a smith who was run out of the city because the shields he made for the soldiers failed to protect them when they were substituted for the sacred shield that had fallen from heaven. Another explanation is that Mamurius represented the old year, which had to be driven away on the day preceding the first full moon of the new Roman year. In any case, the rite that took place on March 14 involved leading a man wearing only animal skins through the streets of Rome. He was pursued and beaten with long white rods until he was driven out of the city. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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