Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

netherworld

Definition:(noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell
Usage: He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Separating Items in a List with Semicolons

When writing lists, we usually use commas to separate the individual elements. However, we use semicolons to make the division between the items clearer when one or more items in a list already includes what? More...
Article of the Day

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, preventing them from sending impulses to the muscles. Though the intellect remains intact, the muscles soon atrophy, causing weakness, paralysis, and eventual death. National attention was brought to the disease when Lou Gehrig died of it in 1941. What percentage of ALS cases is hereditary? More...
This Day in History

The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More...
Quotation of the Day
A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's) hands together (for someone or something)

To applaud (someone or something); to clap. More...
Today's Holiday

Braemar Highland Gathering (2018)

In the 11th century, King Malcolm held a gathering of the Scottish clans in Braemar to test their strength and to choose the hardiest soldiers. Competitors were asked to toss the caber—a pole 16' to 20' long and weighing 120 pounds—in such a way that it landed on its other end. The Braemar Gathering is still an annual event in the village of Braemar in Scotland, and the participants are still required to wear kilts and toss the caber. But the event has been expanded to include traditional Highland dancing, bagpipe music, games, and other athletic competitions as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lout

bohunk - A lout—but was first a derogatory term for a Hungarian or person of east-central Europe, based on Bohemian Hungarian. More...

oafo - A hooligan or a lout. More...

lob - Comes from an old noun meaning "something pendulous." More...

lout - To treat with contempt. More...

In the News

Scientists Help Chicago's Stinky "Corpse Flower" Blossom

A rare foul-smelling flower expected to bloom this week had to get an assist from scientists when it didn't open at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 50,000 people visited the corpse flower in suburban Glencoe this month. The garden also live-streamed ... More...
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