Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

netherworld

Definition:(noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell
Usage: He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. What two things does a subordinating conjunction do in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, preventing them from sending impulses to the muscles. Though the intellect remains intact, the muscles soon atrophy, causing weakness, paralysis, and eventual death. National attention was brought to the disease when Lou Gehrig died of it in 1941. What percentage of ALS cases is hereditary? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

make heavy going of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day (2021)

Between 1961 and 1991, the small country of Eritrea in eastern Africa waged a war of independence against Ethiopia. An important holiday that recognizes Eritrean sacrifices during this prolonged campaign is the Start of the Armed Struggle Day, also known as Bahti Meskerem, commemorating the first shot fired in 1961 at Mount Adal. The day's festivities take place in the country and in Eritrean communities throughout the world. Observances typically include a moment of silence in honor of the martyrs, the singing of the Eritrean national anthem, and public statements by dignitaries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pour

diffuse - Based on Latin diffundere, "pour out," from fundere, "pour," it means "to spread out." More...

geyser - From Icelandic Geysir, "hot spring," from Old Norse geysa, "pour or rush forth." More...

refund - First meant "pour back," and comes from Latin re- and fundere. More...

gluck, glug - Gluck or glug is the light repetitive gurgling sound of liquid being poured from a bottle. More...

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