Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

enervating

Definition:(adjective) Causing debilitation.
Synonyms:debilitative, enfeebling, weakening
Usage: The air of the place, so fresh in the spring and early summer, was stagnant and enervating now.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Ask for Permission

The modal verb "may" is very commonly used to express or ask for permission to do something. While "may" is considered the most polite and formally correct option when asking for permission, what other modal verbs can be used? More...
Article of the Day

The Swiss Cheese Model of Accident Causation

When negative circumstances align, accidents happen—that's what British psychologist James T. Reason asserts with his Swiss Cheese model of accident causation, a model used in the risk analysis and risk management of human systems. Essentially, the model, which has been applied to healthcare, aviation safety, and emergency service organizations, states that a system produces a failure when all of its "holes" momentarily line up. What are the four levels of failure set forth by Reason? More...
This Day in History

Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In an nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka (2017)

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfect

A-OK - Astronauts on the Mercury Project in 1961 popularized A-OK, meaning "excellent, perfect"; it was coined by blending the adjective "A," as in A-one or A1, meaning "first-class," with "OK." More...

palinoia - The compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect. More...

parfait - Literally French for "perfect." More...

perfect binding - A book bound by gluing instead of sewing. More...

In the News

Researchers Develop Blood Test to Detect Early-Stage Alzheimer's

Researchers say they've developed a blood test that detects an early stage of Alzheimer's disease with “unparalleled accuracy.” The test, developed by researchers at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Durin Technologies, Inc., was ... More...
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