Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

callous

Definition:(adjective) Emotionally hardened; unfeeling.
Synonyms:indurate, pachydermatous
Usage: He was a callous man and cared not for the suffering of others.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominal Adjectives

Nominal adjectives perform the function of a noun in a sentence. They are preceded by the word "the" and can be the subject or object of a sentence or clause. What are some nominal adjectives that are used to refer to groups of people? More...
Article of the Day

Bruxism

Derived from the Greek word meaning "gnashing of teeth," bruxism is the habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth. Sometimes associated with stress, bruxism is caused by the activation of the reflex portion of the chewing mechanism at a time when higher brain control remains inactive, usually during sleep. Though common and generally harmless, bruxism can cause damage in the form of cracked teeth, indentations, and wear. What drugs are known to cause bruxism as a side effect? More...
This Day in History

US Retaliates against Al Qaeda for Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, killing more than 200 people. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were believed to be responsible for the attacks. The US retaliated 13 days later with Operation Infinite Reach, a cruise missile strike that targeted terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. Though the pharmaceutical plant was allegedly helping bin Laden build chemical weapons, the US was widely criticized for this attack. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Bernardo O'Higgins (1778?)

The illegitimate son of a Spanish officer of Irish origin, O'Higgins was educated in Peru, Spain, and England. When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808 and Spanish control of Chile relaxed, O'Higgins became a member of Chile's new congress. Instrumental in defeating the Spanish in 1817, he was named the first Chilean head of state and proclaimed the country's independence in 1818. His financial, political, and social reforms aroused opposition, and he was deposed in 1823 and exiled to what country? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who talks everlastingly and promiscuously, who seems to have an exhaustless magazine of sound, crowds so many words into his thoughts that he always obscures, and very frequently conceals them.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

a peg too low

Dejected; in low spirits. It originally referred to pegs that were inserted into draughts to measure how much alcohol had been consumed. If the peg was low, there wasn't much alcohol left to drink. More...
Today's Holiday

Estonia Restoration of Independence Day (2022)

In the 20th century, Estonia was a sovereign state from 1919 to 1940. At that time, it was forced to become a socialist republic of the Soviet Union. Then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and on August 20 of that year, Estonia formally re-established its independence. Throughout 2008, the country celebrated its 90th anniversary as a republic. This is one of three days on which the national flag must be hoisted on state buildings, along with Victory Day (June 23) and Independence Day (February 24). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: yesterday

hestern, hesternal - Hestern or hesternal means "pertaining to yesterday." More...

nudiustertian - Pertaining to the day before yesterday. More...

pridian - "Of or relating to a previous day or yesterday; former." More...

yesterday - The yester of yesterday and yesteryear was a word on its own, meaning "yesterday," but by Old English it had become a collocation with "day." More...

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