Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 6, 2021)
Word of the Day

ailment

Definition:(noun) An often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining.
Synonyms:complaint, ill
Usage: She pretended that she was always well now, and concealed her ailments so craftily that we had to probe for them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Inflection

Grammatical inflection is the way in which a word is changed or altered in form in order to achieve a new, specific meaning. Verbs are the most commonly inflected words, changing form to reflect grammatical tense, as well as mood, voice, aspect, person, and speech. Collectively, this is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Though it is located just off the coast of heavily populated Long Island, New York, Plum Island has no sizable civilian population of its own. Any wild mammal found there is killed on sight. That is because the island is home to a federal research center that investigates animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and swine fever. Fueling public imagination about the island, several unidentified animal carcasses have washed up on nearby beaches—including what notable "monster" in 2008? More...
This Day in History

Real Madrid Football Club Founded (1902)

One of the richest and most valuable sports franchises in the world, the Real Madrid Football Club is also one of the most successful, having won dozens of championships over the course of its storied history. In 1953, club president Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, a former player, embarked on the strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, not only from Spain—a trend that has continued to fuel the club's success and worldwide popularity. Who owns and operates Real Madrid? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Caldwell (1924)

Caldwell was a violin prodigy from an early age. In 1957, she founded what would become the Opera Company of Boston. Notorious for her ability to avert financial crises and meet last-minute deadlines while overseeing every detail of production, she made the company one of the most distinguished and innovative in the US. With the growing success of her company, she began to appear as a guest conductor of major orchestras. In 1976, Caldwell became the first woman to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have outlived certain desires. I have lost friends, some by death...others through sheer inability to cross the street. I am not so gifted as at one time seemed likely.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day (2021)

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: salad

corn salad - A name given to several species of annual herbs sometimes used for salad. More...

fruit cocktail, fruit cup, fruit salad - Fruit cocktail (1922) is a mixture of sliced or diced fruits, and it is synonymous with fruit cup (1931); fruit salad (1861) is a salad composed of fruits. More...

salad days - Those when one is green in judgment, young and inexperienced. More...

salad - A shortened version of Latin herba salata, "salted vegetables," from Latin sal, "salt." More...

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