Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 12, 2020)
Word of the Day

palpitate

Definition:(verb) Shake with fast, tremulous movements.
Synonyms:quake, quiver
Usage: The encounter with the robber made me palpitate with fear, and hours passed before I stopped shaking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs for Weak Contrast

There are two types of contrast that we can illustrate using conjunctive adverbs. One, known as "weak contrast," is when two clauses are opposing but are not complete opposites. For this type of contrast, we are limited to using only the weaker of the contrasting conjunctive adverbs. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Ancient Delicacy: The Thousand-Year-Old Egg

A traditional Chinese delicacy, the so-called thousand-year-old egg may look and smell ancient but nowadays is actually ready to eat after just a few months. Preparing the dish involves coating a clean egg in an alkaline mixture of ash, lime, and salt to preserve it and then rolling it in rice hulls for storage. Over time, the egg white turns into a dark brown gel and the yolk turns green and develops a strong smell of sulfur and ammonia. How was it supposedly discovered during the Ming Dynasty? More...
This Day in History

Priest Attempts to Assassinate the Pope in Portugal (1982)

Almost a year to the day after Pope John Paul II was shot by a Turkish gunman, a priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn attacked the pontiff with a bayonet. It was long thought that the would-be assassin was restrained before he could wound the pope, but a former aide now claims that the pope was indeed injured. During his trial, Krohn accused the pope of being a secret communist agent in league with the USSR. After his release from prison, Krohn went on to practice law in what country? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustav I of Sweden (1496?)

Considered the father of modern Sweden, Gustav I was king of Sweden and founder of the Vasa dynasty. A senator's son, he became a leader in the rebellion against the Danes, who controlled most of Sweden. In 1523—having won Sweden's independence—he was elected king. He was an autocratic ruler and built a strong monarchy and an efficient administration. Aside from his temper, he was known for his love of music and sly wit. How did being beaten with a baking implement supposedly save his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
That's the reason they're called lessons...because they lessen from day to day.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

golden years

The years following one's retirement (generally after the age of 65). More...
Today's Holiday

Lag B'Omer (2020)

The name of this Jewish holiday means "thirty-three omer," an omer being a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the biblical book of Leviticus, the people were commanded by Jehovah to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. After the evening service, the number of the day was solemnly announced, and in time this ceremony came to be known as "the counting of the omer." Lag ba-Omer represents a break in the otherwise solemn season between Passover and Shavuot. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: simpleton

dodo - Comes from Portuguese doudo, "fool, simpleton," from the bird's awkward appearance. More...

doodle - Originally a noun meaning "fool, simpleton," from German dudeltopf, it came to mean absent-minded scribbling. More...

gullible - A derivative of archaic gull, "dupe" or "simpleton." More...

half-wit - Originally was "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre"; the sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is attested to 1755. More...

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