Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

welter

Definition:(noun) A confused mass; a jumble.
Synonyms:clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother
Usage: Surrounded by a welter of papers and magazines, Susan began work on her scrapbook.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Countable Nouns

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means they can be counted with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. Are abstract nouns ever countable? More...
Article of the Day

The Don

Sir Donald "The Don" George Bradman's 20-year cricket career began in 1928, when he joined the Australian national team. He is widely considered the sport's greatest player and one of the world's most outstanding athletes. Bradman's career batting average was 99.94 runs per inning, a record that still stands at 30 runs higher than his nearest competitor. In 1934, acute appendicitis and peritonitis nearly cost Bradman his life. Who famously asked to be kept apprised of his condition? More...
This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Baker (1903)

Though Baker was not as well known as some of the other leaders of the US civil rights movement, she spent more than 50 years as a behind-the-scenes activist. Baker grew up in rural North Carolina listening to her grandmother's stories about slavery. After college, she moved to New York City and became involved in social justice activism. She worked with student groups, political organizations, and religious coalitions to facilitate collective action. What prompted her to protest against Italy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. It is the policeman in all our hearts, set there to watch that we do not break its laws. It is the spy seated in the central stronghold of the ego.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

on the leading edge

Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucy's Day (2017)

According to tradition, St. Lucy, or Santa Lucia, was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in the third or fourth century. Her day is widely celebrated in Sweden as Luciadagen, which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. It is traditional to observe Luciadagen by dressing the oldest daughter in the family in a white robe tied with a crimson sash. Candles are set into her crown, which is covered with lingonberry leaves. The "Lucia Bride" wakens each member of the household on the morning of December 13 with a tray of coffee and special saffron buns or ginger cookies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rows

tubular bells - The orchestral instrument consisting of a row of vertically suspended metal tubes struck with a mallet. More...

bib necklace - One consisting of three or more rows. More...

mackerel sky - One with rows of white fluffy clouds resembling the pattern on a mackerel's back. More...

ordinance - First meant arrangement in ranks or rows. More...

In the News

Cheerleaders Less Likely to Get Hurt Than Other High School Athletes

While cheerleaders have a low injury rate compared to other high school sports, accidents that do occur may be more likely to result in a concussion, a new study found. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that cheerleaders may have ... More...
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