Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 26, 2022)
Word of the Day

mercurial

Definition:(adjective) Quick and changeable in temperament.
Synonyms:quicksilver, erratic, fickle, volatile
Usage: Her mercurial nature made it difficult to gauge how she would react.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Must" to Convey Certainty

The modal verb "must" can be used to indicate that something is certain or very likely to happen or be true. Generally speaking, though, we do not use the negative of must ("must not" or "mustn't") to express a negative certainty or strong disbelief. What do we use instead? More...
Article of the Day

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is the process by which patients at risk of developing or transmitting an inherited disorder are advised of the nature and consequences of the disorder, the probability of developing it or passing it on, and the available treatment options. Typically, people seek counseling because they have a family history of genetic disorders or because their job or lifestyle exposes them to health risks like radiation or chemicals. What are some of the conditions commonly screened for? More...
This Day in History

Coronation of Czar Nicholas II (1896)

Nicholas II was the last czar of Russia. With little training in state affairs, Nicholas proved to be a charming but ineffective and easily swayed ruler. His reign was marked by defeat in the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution, the court influence of the unpopular Rasputin, involvement in World War I, and governmental incompetence—all of which helped precipitate the Revolution of 1917. Forced to abdicate, he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. When was his body found? More...
Today's Birthday

Miles Davis (1926)

Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz, led many small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. His trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and marked by a brilliant use of mutes. How old was Davis when he began to study music? More...
Quotation of the Day
A friend is a second self.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2022)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rights

charter - Confers powers and rights from the state or an organization to people, local chapters, or corporations. More...

devolution - A passing down from stage to stage or the passing of property, rights, or authority from one person to another; it implies moving backward. More...

perk - A special privilege or right, it is an abbreviation of perquisite. More...

prejudice - Originally meant harm or injury caused to a person resulting from a disregard for their rights; it is from Latin, meaning "to judge beforehand." More...

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