Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

rascal

Definition:(noun) One who is playfully mischievous..
Synonyms:scamp, imp, rapscallion, scallywag
Usage: The young rascal, being expert at a variety of feints and dodges, of which my aunt had no conception, soon went whooping away.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-verb agreement refers to using certain conjugations of verbs with singular subjects and different conjugations with plural subjects. This happens most noticeably with what verb? More...
Article of the Day

Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome

Lesch-Nyhan syndrome (LNS) is a rare genetic disorder that generally affects males, whose symptoms result from an enzyme deficiency that leads to increased levels of uric acid in the body. The buildup of this toxic waste product causes severe mental and physical problems, including impaired renal function, gout, cerebral palsy, and cognitive impairment. Suffers also often exhibit compulsive self-mutilating behaviors, such as lip and finger biting. Why is LNS rarely seen in women? More...
This Day in History

First "Witch" Executed in the British American Colonies (1647)

Nearly 50 years before the infamous trials that resulted in the execution of 20 people as witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, became the victim of the first recorded execution for witchcraft in the American colonies. Although she may have had a daughter who was also accused of witchcraft 30 years later, very little is known about Young's life, except that she was hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford. A mention of her execution is recorded in whose diary? More...
Today's Birthday

Mamie Smith (1883)

Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, "Crazy Blues" quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives' eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the "race record." Smith's "Crazy Blues" was accorded what honor in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everything looms pleasant through the softening haze of time. Even the sadness that is past seems sweet.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

be no slouch

To be very hardworking, enthusiastic, and/or skillful. More...
Today's Holiday

D.C. Black Pride Festival (2018)

The D.C. Black Pride Festival is a social, educational, and fundraising festival originating in the African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Washington, D.C. Held each year since 1991 on the long Memorial Day weekend, the D.C. Black Pride Festival draws about 25,000 to the Washington Convention Center, where displays include a health and wellness fair. In addition to activities centered in the exhibition hall, entertainment and social events extend throughout the preceding week, such as a fashion show, film festival, comedy showcase, and poetry slam. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vertical

vertical tasting - Wine tasting in order of year of vintage. More...

lateral thinking, vertical thinking - Lateral thinking is illogical; vertical thinking is logical. More...

ordinate, abscissa - The ordinate or Y axis is vertical; the abscissa or X axis is horizontal. More...

vertical integration - The merging of companies that are within the chain of companies that handle a single item from raw material production to retail sale. More...

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In the News

Are Some Calories Better Than Others? Yes, Suggests New Research

All foods have the potential to make us obese if we eat enough of them, but some calories—especially those from sugary drinks—could be more harmful to our health than others, scientists have warned. Last year, 22 researchers were posed the question ... More...
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