Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

cerumen

Definition:(noun) A soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal.
Synonyms:earwax
Usage: A buildup of cerumen was irritating Billy's ear, so his mother gently cleaned the area with a cotton swab.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Primary Auxiliary Verbs

The "primary" auxiliary verbs are "be," "have," and "do"—they occur most commonly in English. What is the emphatic "do"? More...
Article of the Day

Orgone

In the late 1930s, psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich publicized his theory of universal life energy, a force he called orgone energy. He claimed that orgone fills all space, has a blue hue, and can be accumulated and used to restore psychological well-being. Most experts believe his hypotheses to be pseudoscience, and his books on the subject were burned following a court decision intended to prevent health-fraud. What renowned scientist agreed to participate in Reich's experiments? More...
This Day in History

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Is Assassinated (1986)

Palme served as prime minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1986. In 1971, he led Sweden's rejection of a bid for membership in the European Community. A pacifist, he criticized US policy in the Vietnam War, creating a diplomatic rift that ended in 1974. Palme also opposed the nuclear arms race and South African apartheid. He was assassinated in 1986, and his murder remains unsolved. What did US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reportedly say about his relationship with Palme? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel (1915)

Mostel was an American comic actor who combined a large paunch with acrobatic grace and an expressive face. He initially worked both on Broadway and in film but was blacklisted in Hollywood for his political views and worked primarily in New York City theater after 1955. He had lead roles in the musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. In 1968, he starred in the Oscar-winning Mel Brooks film The Producers. What was Mostel's real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a lick with the rough side of the tongue

Severe criticism and/or a stern reprimand. More...
Today's Holiday

Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther) (2018)

The Fast of Esther commemorates the three days that Queen Esther fasted before petitioning her husband, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) of Persia, to spare the Jews of her country from destruction by Haman, the Persian prime minister, in the sixth century BCE. Ordinarily observed on the 13th day of the Jewish month of Adar, this date was originally a minor festival commemorating Judah Maccabee's defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor, known as the "Day of Nicanor." In time it gave way to the present Fast of Esther. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: minerals

douse, dowse - Douse first meant "knock, punch, strike" and now means "to extinguish or wet thoroughly"; dowse means to look for water or minerals with a divining rod. More...

hard water - That which contains large amounts of minerals. More...

mica - Any of a group of minerals that occur in small glittering plates or scales in other rocks. More...

micronutrient - One of the vitamins and minerals needed only in small amounts for normal body function. More...

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