Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

empty-handed

Definition:(adjective) Having acquired or gained nothing.
Synonyms:unrewarded
Usage: They returned from the negotiations empty-handed and frustrated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Adjectives

Prepositions can sometimes appear after adjectives to complete or elaborate on the ideas or emotions the adjective describes. What are prepositions used in this way called? More...
Article of the Day

Blue Moon

Though the term is often used metaphorically to describe a rare event, a blue moon is actually, in astronomical terms, the second full moon within a calendar month or the third full moon in a three-month calendrical season that has four full moons. While most years have 12 full moons that occur approximately once a month, each solar year has about 11 days more than the lunar year. These extra days accumulate, and, every few years, an "extra" full moon appears. When is the next blue moon? More...
This Day in History

Valerie Solanas Attempts to Assassinate Andy Warhol (1968)

In the mid-1960s, American pop-art icon Andy Warhol began to devote much of his time and energy to filmmaking, producing marathon essays on boredom and voyeurism. In 1968, he was shot and wounded by Valerie Solanas, a feminist writer who had appeared in one of his films. Warhol never fully recovered from the shooting and died from complications following surgery in 1987. Warhol's shooting was mostly overshadowed in the media at the time due to the assassination of what figure a few days later? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Loewi (1873)

Loewi was a German-born American physiologist and pharmacologist. A professor of pharmacology at Austria's University of Graz, he was forced into exile by the Nazi purge of professors in 1938 and began teaching at New York University in 1940. He investigated the physiology and pharmacology of metabolism, the kidneys, the heart, and the nervous system. For his discovery of the chemical transmission of nerve impulses, he shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

hearing things

Having auditory hallucinations. More...
Today's Holiday

Vat Savitri Vrata (2019)

Savitri-Vrata is observed by Hindu women in honor of the legendary princess Savitri. She loved her husband, Satyavan, so much that she refused to leave him when he died, eventually persuading Yama, King of Death, to give him back. Women whose husbands are alive spend the day fasting and praying, anointing their husbands' foreheads with sandalwood paste, and showering them with gifts. Women whose husbands have died beg to be delivered from widowhood in a future existence. The vrata, or vow, is a ritual practice observed by Hindu women to obtain their wish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: maintained

petite maison - A love nest or a residence maintained for a mistress. More...

standing army - A permanent army maintained in time of peace and war. More...

parochial school - A school established and maintained by a religious body, from Latin parochialis, "of a parish." More...

radio silence - A status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area stop transmitting (sometimes limited to certain frequency bands) for the period of time during which this status exists. More...

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