Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

automaton

Definition:(noun) A mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power.
Synonyms:robot
Usage: The automaton was considered a feat of engineering until it broke down on its second day of operation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Company Towns

As the name implies, a company town is built around a business, typically a plant or factory, for its employees and their families. The company often owns much or all of the real estate, including residential and commercial buildings, grocery stores, and libraries. Company towns emerged in the late 19th century. Though there were more than 2,500 at their height, most of the towns collapsed economically when their companies cut back or went out of business. What were some famous US company towns? More...
This Day in History

Terrorist Bombings in London (2005)

On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 52 people—as well as the four bombers—and injuring some 700. The incident was the worst act of terrorism in the UK since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The attacks appeared to be the work of Islamic suicide bombers, and later evidence indicated that they may have been directed by a member of Al Qaeda. Initial reports attributed the explosions to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marc Chagall (1887)

Chagall was a Belarusian artist often considered a forerunner of the surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1907 and soon blended elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. His Jewish heritage served as a source of great inspiration to him, and images of Jewish life and folklore and biblical themes frequently feature in his art. He explored a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, etching, tapestry, mosaic, and stained glass. Where can his work be seen? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old ... To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

curse a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanabata (2022)

This Japanese festival is based on a Chinese legend of parted lovers who are identified with two of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega, representing a weaver-princess, who is permitted by the king to marry the simple cowherd, Altair. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers are able to meet. The festival is observed throughout Japan, with people hanging colorful strips of paper on bamboo branches outside their homes. It is an especially colorful occasion in Sendai, where it occurs a month later, on August 6-8. The whole city is decked out with paper streamers and works of origami. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physician

allopathy, allopath, allopathist - Another word for conventional medical treatment is allopathy; an allopath or allopathist is a physician. More...

pediatrician - Comes from Greek pais/paidos, "child," and iatros, "physician." More...

armamentarium - The equipment of a medical institution or physician. More...

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