Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

coincident

Definition:(adjective) Occurring or operating at the same time.
Synonyms:co-occurrent, concurrent, simultaneous
Usage: "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Third Conditional

Third conditional sentences have a past perfect verb in the "if clause" and have a past participle verb in the main clause, preceded by the auxiliary verbs "would have." What do third conditional sentences describe? More...
Article of the Day

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition marked by an excessive preoccupation with an imaginary or minor defect in a facial feature or localized part of the body. Those who suffer from BDD experience psychological distress that impairs their social, occupational, or educational functioning. Though the earliest known case of BDD in medical literature dates to 1886, the disorder was only formally defined a century later. Onset of symptoms generally occurs during adolescence and includes what? More...
This Day in History

Lowest Temperature in History Recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica (1983)

Located near the magnetic South Pole, Russia's Vostok Research Station in Antarctica experiences three straight months of polar night every year from April to August, a period during which the Sun does not rise. In 1983, in the dead of southern winter and polar night, Vostok experienced the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, a chilling -128.56 degrees F (-89.2 degrees C). December 1989 was the warmest month ever recorded at Vostok. On average, how warm was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Isaac Stern (1920)

Born in Ukraine, Stern came to the US as an infant and began studying violin as a child. He made his New York debut at 17 and toured extensively after World War II. A cultural ambassador, he performed in the Soviet Union and China as one of the world's top violin virtuosos. In 1960, he formed a famous trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose. Stern helped establish the National Endowment for the Arts and is noted for having saved what landmark institution from demolition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? ... He grows a forest to hide it in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

house cooling party

A party thrown to commemorate when someone leaves an apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Just for Laughs Festival (2020)

Every July, Montreal hosts one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, the Just For Laughs Festival. Founded in 1983 as a small French-language show (Juste pour rire) comprised of only two nights, in 1985, the organizers opened the stage to English-speaking comedians, paving the way for newcomers like Tonight Show host Jay Leno and sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld to launch their careers. In subsequent years, the organizers extended the festival—today there are more than 1,300 shows and performances, featuring all kinds of comedy as well as juggling and performance art. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twisted

twist-grip - A bicycle grip that may be twisted to change the gears is a twist-grip. More...

pigtail - In the 17th century, it was tobacco twisted into a thin rope, which resembled the animal's tail. More...

torsibility - The tendency to untwist after being twisted; it is also the degree to which something can be twisted. More...

writhen - "Twisted or contorted out of shape." More...

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