Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 22, 2021)
Word of the Day

abysmal

Definition:(adjective) Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.
Synonyms:dreadful, terrible, awful, appalling, dismal, dire, ghastly, hideous, atrocious
Usage: We have been having abysmal weather lately, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance next week!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjects and Predicates

Sentences must always include both a subject and a predicate. The subject is the noun (a person, place, or thing) that performs, controls, or is responsible for the action of a verb. What is the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Colma, CA

There is a good reason the motto of residents of Colma, California, is "It's great to be alive in Colma!" The Bay Area city was founded as a necropolis in 1924 and is now home to 18 cemeteries—17 for humans and one for pets—containing the final resting places of Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and William Randolph Hearst, among many others. Most of the city's land is devoted to memorial parks. What city once passed an ordinance evicting all of its cemeteries, resulting in their relocation to Colma? More...
This Day in History

London Police Kill Commuter, Sparking Furor (2005)

The day before this controversial police shooting, four suicide bombing attempts on London's transport system failed, sparking a massive manhunt for the escaped bombers. With the perpetrators still at large, commuters returned to the tube. On July 22, police at the Stockwell tube station shot and killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes, whom they mistook for suspected bomber Hussain Osman. What police protocol for dealing with suspected suicide bombers was criticized after the tragic mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Henryk Goldszmit, AKA Janusz Korczak (1878)

Goldszmit was a Jewish doctor and author of children's literature who wrote under the pen name Janusz Korczak. In 1912, he established an orphanage in Warsaw. When World War II broke out, he refused to flee the Nazis and continued to care for the children even after his orphanage was forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. In August 1942, Nazi soldiers came with orders to take all the children and workers in the orphanage to the Treblinka concentration camp. What happened to Korczak? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

loose lip(s)

The practice, habit, or manner of speaking too frequently and/or without discretion, especially as might unintentionally lead to revealing private or sensitive information to others. More...
Today's Holiday

Fasinada (2021)

Fasinada is a commemoration of the tiny island of Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Chisels) off Montenegro. The island, according to the story, was once nothing more than a rock; sailors dumped stones there until an island was formed, and in the 17th century a church was built on the pile of rocks. The festival includes a procession to the island of boats decorated with garlands of flowers and loaded with rocks. The rocks are piled up to reinforce the shores of the island, and then the participants enjoy folk dancing and country sports and games. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joint

fishplate - A type of metal plate used to strengthen a joint (from fish, meaning "mend"). More...

seam - Etymologically, a joint made by sewing. More...

ankylosis - Stiffness or immobility in a joint. More...

arthralgia, arthritis - Arthralgia is pain in a joint, from Greek arthron, "joint," which also gives us the word arthritis. More...

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