Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossicle

Definition:(noun) A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear.
Synonyms:bonelet
Usage: Because of their distinctive shapes, the ossicles in the ear are called the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ungradable Adjectives

Ungradable adjectives are adjectives that can't move up and down on a scale of intensity. "Married" and "dead" are both ungradable adjectives. Can ungradable adjectives be used in the comparative form? More...
Article of the Day

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are generally brief, anonymously written songs or verses intended for children. Though these rhymes are thought to help develop vocabulary and counting skills, scholars have actually linked many of these rhymes to historic events. For example, some believe that "Pop Goes the Weasel" is about silk weavers bringing their shuttles or bobbins (known as "weasels") to pawnbrokers to exchange for drinking money. What event does “Ring a Ring O'Roses” supposedly reference? More...
This Day in History

"Crocodile Hunter" Killed When Stingray Barb Pierces His Heart (2006)

Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Steve Irwin shot to fame with his wildlife documentary television series The Crocodile Hunter, earning an international following with his exuberance and oft-repeated catchphrase "Crikey!". The beloved naturalist was snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, filming a segment for a documentary, when he was fatally pierced in the chest by a poisonous stingray barb. He was just 44 and is survived by his wife and two children. Where is he buried? More...
Today's Birthday

Dadabhai Naoroji (1825)

Naoroji was an Indian nationalist leader who moved to England at age 30 and worked for the improvement of British policies toward India. He wrote and lectured extensively on the "drain" of wealth from India to England, which he saw as the principal cause of Indian poverty. His work helped to stimulate economic nationalism in India, and the younger generation of nationalist leaders hailed him affectionately as the "Grand Old Man of India." He was the first Indian to do what in England? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Idiom of the Day

be running on fumes

To be continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. More...
Today's Holiday

Limassol Wine Festival (2018)

This event is an annual celebration of the wine of Cyprus, lasting nearly two weeks and held in the Municipal Gardens of Limassol, the center of the wine-making industry. Wineries there compete to create the most original and decorative booths, and every evening pour out from barrels free samples of their wine. People sitting at picnic tables may watch exhibits of traditional wine pressing. There are also musical, theatrical, and dance performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: limits

determiner - A word that limits or indicates the scope of a noun. More...

modifier, qualifier - A word or phrase that limits or qualifies the sense of another is a modifier or qualifier. More...

temper - Originally a proportionate mixture, is from Latin temperare, "to mix correctly; regulate" or "to keep within limits." More...

In the News

Sleeping Late? Napping All the Time? What Your Sleep Says about Your Health

Do you sleep between seven to nine hours per night? According to the experts, this is the amount needed, on average, to keep our minds alert and our bodies healthy – but many people aren't getting enough. In the United States, for example, half the ... More...
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