Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 28, 2019)
Word of the Day

bootless

Definition:(adjective) Unproductive of success.
Synonyms:fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain
Usage: He would like to have done with life and its vanity altogether—so bootless and unsatisfactory the struggle, so cheerless and dreary the prospect seemed to him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Adjectives

English has three interrogative adjectives: "what," "which," and "whose." They are called "interrogative" because they are usually used to ask questions. How can they be differentiated from interrogative pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is a period of rest for both the body and mind, the lack of which can result in changes to personality, perceptual processes, and intellectual functioning. Humans are unable to totally abstain from sleep, as the brains of the severely sleep-deprived will automatically shut down for short periods, a phenomenon known as microsleep. There is a genetic disease that leads to complete sleeplessness, but it is fatal. What is the longest a healthy person has stayed awake without using stimulants? More...
This Day in History

The Last Supper Back on Display after Two-Decade Restoration (1999)

By the 1970s, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural masterpiece, The Last Supper, was badly deteriorated. Italian officials then undertook a major restoration project to permanently stabilize the painting and reverse the damage. The painting's original form was determined using original sketches and scientific tests, including infrared reflectoscopy and microscopic core-samples. The restoration took 21 years, and the painting was put back on display in 1999. Where is it located? More...
Today's Birthday

Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie: The Dionne Quintuplets (1934)

As the first set of quintuplets known to have survived infancy, the Dionne sisters of Ontario, Canada, garnered international attention. Sadly, they were exploited almost from birth. As infants, the quintuplets were removed from their parents' care and made wards of the state. However, rather than protect them from parents it had deemed unfit, the government instead used the girls as a tourist attraction. How many people visited "Quintland" to see the girls over the next nine years? More...
Quotation of the Day
To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

the kiss of life

Artificial respiration, that is, the blowing into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing so as to force air in and out of their lungs. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia First Republic Day (2021)

The people of Armenia lived for hundreds of years under foreign domination. Then, in 1917, the Russian Revolution allowed Armenia the opportunity to create a modern republic. The Democratic Republic of Armenia (DRA) was formed in 1918. The DRA was short-lived but important, as it represented the beginning of the modern quest for democracy and independence in Armenia. On First Republic Day, titles and medals are awarded to Armenians of outstanding achievement, and there are speeches by government officials, fireworks displays, concerts, and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: recall

lethologica - If you cannot recall the precise word for something, you have a case of lethologica, which may lead you to an obsession with trying to recall it—loganamnosis. More...

remember - From Latin rememorari, "recall to mind." More...

reduce, reduct - Reduce first meant "bring back or recall in memory" or "take back or refer (a thing) to its origin," from Latin reducere, "lead back"; reduct means "simplify." More...

tartle - From Scottish, to hesitate in recognizing a person or thing, as happens when you are introduced to someone whose name you cannot recall; so you say, "Pardon my tartle!" More...

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