Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 27, 2022)
Word of the Day

harelip

Definition:(noun) A congenital cleft in the middle of the upper lip.
Synonyms:cheiloschisis, cleft lip
Usage: The insurance company argued that the surgery to correct her harelip was not medically necessary.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Commonly Used with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences' objects. What are some of the prepositions most commonly used with verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Obsidian

Obsidian is a very shiny volcanic glass that is sometimes used as a semiprecious stone. Though it is formed by the rapid cooling of viscous lava, obsidian is only slightly harder than window glass. It is typically jet black, but the presence of hematite produces red and brown varieties, and tiny gas bubbles may create a golden sheen. Obsidian was used by Native Americans for weapons, implements, tools, and ornaments and by the ancient Aztecs and Greeks for mirrors. What is snowflake obsidian? More...
This Day in History

Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedicated (1995)

The Korean War Memorial is located on the US National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC. Dedicated on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice ending the war, the memorial honors the American men and women who served in the conflict. The memorial is laid out in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the triangle are 19 statues of military personnel, representing a squad on patrol in the Korean landscape. A granite wall nearby bears what message? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilaire Belloc (1870)

Belloc was an important English author in the early 20th century. A highly versatile writer, he is best remembered for his light verse, particularly for children, and for his lucid and graceful essays. He wrote from the Roman Catholic viewpoint, and his views on Protestantism and Islam, which he called major heresies and threats to the "Church Universal," made him a somewhat controversial figure. What was Belloc's rather tongue-in-cheek response to the question of why he wrote so prolifically? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

white coat hypertension

A phenomenon in which a patient experiences elevated blood pressure around medical professionals. More...
Today's Holiday

Marlboro Music Festival (2022)

It was the noted violinist Adolf Busch who came up with the idea of establishing a community for musicians that would free them from the pressures and restrictions of concert life. Every summer since 1951, artists from all over the world have gathered in Marlboro, Vermont, to exchange musical ideas. The Marlboro Music School, which holds an eight-week session each summer, is primarily a place where students can study contemporary and classical chamber music. During the festival, the general public has an opportunity to hear the results of their collaborations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: special

artificial language - An invented language, as opposed to a hereditary one, intended for a special use, as in international communication, a secret society, or computer programming. More...

auspicious, propitious - Auspicious implies success in the future, while propitious means favorable conditions are present; auspicious means promising or of good omen—not just special or memorable. More...

niche product - A product that is made and marketed for use in a small and specialized but profitable market. More...

ballotin - A special decorative box for chocolates. More...

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