Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

snickersnee

Definition:(noun) Archaic The act of fighting with knives.
Synonyms:cut-and-thrust, knife fight
Usage: The snickersnee ended when one on the fighters lost consciousness due to blood loss.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Yes/No Questions

Questions that have either "yes" or "no" for an answer are formed using auxiliary verbs at the beginning of the sentence. To make them negative, we add the word "not" after the subject of the sentence. If "not" is contracted with the auxiliary verb, however, then where is the contraction placed? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Big Hair

Today, the term "big hair" generally evokes images of an eye-catching, untidy, voluminous hairstyle worn by conformist women in the 1970s and nonconformists of all sexes into the 1990s. However, the trend of exaggerating the volume of one's hair with wigs, tools, and hair products actually began centuries ago. In the 17th century, for example, long, curly wigs became fashionable among the French aristocracy in imitation of King Louis XIV. Who are some icons of big hair? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (1902)

Zola had an ardent zeal for social reform. His part in the Dreyfus Affair, notably his 1898 article "J'accuse," was his most conspicuous public action and earned him the animosity of the anti-Dreyfus party. Prosecuted for libel, he escaped to England, where he remained until an amnesty enabled his return to France. A couple of years later, he died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes in his sleep. Was it just a tragic accident or something more sinister? More...
Today's Birthday

Pompey the Great (106 BCE)

Pompey was a Roman general and the rival of Julius Caesar. Along with Caesar and Crassus, he was a member of the First Triumvirate established in 61 BCE. After the death of Pompey's wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, Pompey and Caesar became enemies. When Pompey received the sole consulship as the leader of the senatorial party, Caesar broke with the senate and crossed the Rubicon, and a civil war began. Pompey was defeated at Pharsalus and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated while doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

run wild

To behave or run around in a wild, unruly, out-of-control manner; to be or become crazy or chaotic. More...
Today's Holiday

Mayberry Days (2018)

This annual event celebrates "The Andy Griffith Show," a television comedy about the adventures of a small-town sheriff in a fictional town called Mayberry. The festival was first held in 1990 in actor Andy Griffith's home town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Highlights of the festival include concerts by the Doug Dillard Band, a "Sheriff's Choice" golf tournament, and Colonel Tim's Talent Time. There is also a parade, a Mayberry trivia contest, and a silent auction. Actors associated with the show are often special guests, and watching reruns is a favorite activity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: illness

accession - Can be the "onset of illness or a powerful feeling." More...

allopathy, homeopathy - Allopathy is treatment to suppress the symptoms of illness using the principle of opposites, while homeopathy encourages, rather than suppresses, the body's reaction to an illness. More...

idiopathic disease - An illness of unknown cause. More...

languor - Any distressed condition, such as illness, sorrow, fatigue, etc. More...

In the News

'Amazing' treatment helps paralyzed woman walk again

Kelly Thomas inches across the soft grass, using a walker to navigate her way. Each step is exhilarating and exhausting. She pauses amid the 90-degree Florida heat and smiles. "It only takes a little bit of try -- and by a little, I mean a lot," she ... More...
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