Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 14, 2021)
Word of the Day

ardor

Definition:(noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity.
Synonyms:fervency, fire
Usage: He spoke with great ardor at the rally, inspiring the crowd with his passionate words.
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

Drapetomania

Today considered to be a glaring example of pseudoscience, drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851. In a paper prepared for the Medical Association of Louisiana, Cartwright explained that the disorder caused black slaves to run away from their masters. He further speculated that the malady was caused by masters who treated slaves as equals. What did Cartwright prescribe as a preventive measure for drapetomania? 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
If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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: hue

value, chroma, hue - A color's value is its brightness, its chroma is its strength, and its hue is its position in the spectrum. More...

tone - A color variation with more variations than a shade—having to do with the value of a hue or its chroma. More...

Munsell - A.H. Munsell was a U.S. painter (1858-1918) who developed a color classification system for chroma, hue, and value. More...

pure color - A color or hue that is unmixed with other hues. More...

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