Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

frisson

Definition:(noun) A moment of intense excitement.
Synonyms:chill, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
Usage: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Understanding the Order of Adjectives

Adjectives are words that modify a noun or a pronoun. Using more than one adjective in a sentence makes our writing and speech richer and more concise. In English, we generally have a specific order of adjectives. Why is this important? More...
Article of the Day

The Tempest Prognosticator

The Tempest Prognosticator, known also as the Leech Barometer because it uses leeches to predict storms, was invented in 1850 by Dr. George Merryweather. The device contains 12 leeches, each kept in a small bottle. When the leeches become agitated by electrical conditions in the atmosphere generated by an approaching storm, they attempt to climb out of the bottles and trigger a small hammer that strikes a bell. Whose poetry inspired Merryweather to build his device? More...
This Day in History

11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard (1860)

A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that "all the ladies like whiskers" and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln. Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard. What did he say when he later met Bedell? More...
Today's Birthday

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880)

A Scottish paleobotanist whose first marriage was annulled—and allegedly never consummated—Stopes went on to publish a controversial yet highly influential sex manual, Married Love, in 1918. Thereafter, she became a pioneer in the field of family planning, opening the first birth-control clinic in the British Empire in 1921. Stopes helped break down taboos and improve women's reproductive health, but her support of what field of reproductive science has somewhat marred her reputation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

snow on the mountain

Silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamaica National Heroes Day (2018)

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: runner

runner - A blade of a skate or sled. The supports on which a drawer slides are also called runners. More...

dromedary, Bactrian - A one-hump camel is a dromedary (from Latin, meaning "swift camel," from Greek dromas, "runner") and a two-hump camel is a Bactrian (from Bactria in Asia). More...

cursor - First meant "runner" or "running messenger" and is now the moving/movable indicator on a computer screen. More...

dromomania - A mania for roaming or running, from Latin dromas. More...

In the News

Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe'

A Nasa satellite has provided remarkable new insights on how CO2 is moved through the Earth's atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) tracked the behaviour of the gas in 2015/2016 - a period when the planet experienced a major El Niño event. This ... More...
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