Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

misgiving

Definition:(noun) (Often plural) A feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt.
Synonyms:unease, worry, anxiety, suspicion, reservation, hesitation, distrust, qualm, trepidation, scruple, dubiety
Usage: Within all was dark; but she entered as freely and with as little misgiving or restraint as if it had been broad daylight.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions, or paired conjunctions, are sets of conjunctions that are always used together. Like coordinating conjunctions, they join words, phrases, or independent clauses of similar or equal importance and structure. How do they differ from coordinating conjunctions? More...
Article of the Day

The Pacinian Corpuscle

Pacinian corpuscles are mechanoreceptors found in the skin of the fingers and other parts of the body. About .04 inches (1 mm) long and formed of concentric layers of connective tissue, the small oval bodies are responsible for sensitivity to pressure. In the center of each is a single nerve ending. These corpuscles are especially sensitive to vibrations, which they can sense even from short distances. What helpful mechanism keeps us from constantly sensing the pressure exerted by our clothing? More...
This Day in History

Devils Tower Named First US National Monument (1906)

Rising 1,267 feet (386 m) above the meandering Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower is a cluster of rock columns in the Black Hills of Wyoming formed by the cooling and crystallization of molten matter. The site, which many Native American Plains tribes consider sacred, was declared the first US National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. A popular rock-climbing site, the monument attracts some 400,000 visitors each year. Why do most climbers abstain from scaling the tower in June? More...
Today's Birthday

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825)

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland—where slavery was still in place—Harper was raised by an abolitionist uncle and published her first volume of poetry when she 20 years old. In 1854, she gave her first anti-slavery lecture. Her second volume, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, made her the best known African-American poet of the era. Her short story, "The Two Offers," was probably the first such published work by any African American. How old was she when she published her first novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Enough is equal to a feast.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

by a wide margin

By a large amount; by a lot. More...
Today's Holiday

Dominican Republic Our Lady of Mercedes Day (2022)

A national holiday, this feast day honors Mary the mother of Jesus, often referred to by Dominicans by her patron saint title, Nuestra Señora de Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercedes). Observance of this celebration dates back to 1615, the year the Mercedians, a Spanish order, established the feast day. Every year the Church of Las Mercedes in Santo Domingo attracts many followers on September 24. Typical ceremonies include masses throughout the day, the Blessing of the Waters, and a procession from the church through Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shout

hue and cry - Somewhat redundant, as hue means "shout, make an outcry"; hue and cry was a medieval law requiring that all citizens within earshot give chase to a fleeing criminal. More...

jubilate - From a Latin word meaning "shout for joy." More...

slogan - From Scottish-Gaelic slaugh, "army," and gairm, "shout"—since the first slogans were actually battle cries. More...

claim - The etymological notion behind claim is "calling out," from Latin clamare, "cry out, shout." More...

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