Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

phellem

Definition:(noun) Outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells.
Synonyms:cork
Usage: Joe carefully harvested the phellem from the tree, excited at the prospect of using the buoyant material to make his very own toy boat.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs with Two Forms

There are a few adverbs that have two generally accepted forms. In these cases, they also have two commonly used comparative and superlative degrees. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Fire of Rome

According to the historian Tacitus, the Great Fire of Rome started in the shops around the Circus Maximus on July 18 in 64 CE and burned for 5 days. In his account, Tacitus writes that the fire completely destroyed 4 and severely damaged 7 of the 14 Roman districts. Both the size and cause of the fire are debated as well as Emperor Nero's response to the crisis. Some claim he sang or played music while the city burned, and many accused Nero of arson. Nero, in turn, blamed what religious group? More...
This Day in History

Bodies Found in Unsolved Hinterkaifeck Murders (1922)

In 1922, Hinterkaifeck, a small farmstead north of Munich, became the scene of one of the most puzzling unsolved crimes in German history. On the evening of March 31, the farm's six inhabitants, ranging in age from two to 72, were brutally murdered. The perpetrator likely remained at the farm for several days thereafter, but by the time the crime was discovered, he or she had disappeared without a trace. What unexplained events supposedly occurred there in the days leading up to the slaughter? More...
Today's Birthday

Maya Angelou (1928)

Angelou is an African-American writer and performer and the author of several volumes of poetry. Her seven autobiographical volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, recount her traumatic youth and explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. In 1993, she was given the honor of reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Angelou was not always so vocal; she endured several years of mutism in childhood. What triggered it? More...
Quotation of the Day
That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

be smashed to smithereens

To be broken apart or otherwise destroyed into tiny, fragmentary pieces. "Smithereens," first appearing in English in 1829 as "smiddereens," is likely derived from the Irish word "smidirín" or "smidiríní," meaning "fragment." More...
Today's Holiday

Senegal Independence Day (2022)

For many years, Senegal was controlled by various European powers, and France gradually began gaining control over the area in the 17th century. On April 4, 1960, Senegal won its independence from France. Today, April 4 is a national holiday celebrated all over the country, but festivities are particularly grand in the capital city of Dakar. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physician

allopathy, allopath, allopathist - Another word for conventional medical treatment is allopathy; an allopath or allopathist is a physician. More...

pediatrician - Comes from Greek pais/paidos, "child," and iatros, "physician." More...

armamentarium - The equipment of a medical institution or physician. More...

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