Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

rattlebrained

Definition:(adjective) Giddy and talkative; foolish.
Synonyms:rattlepated, scatterbrained, scatty
Usage: Grandpa's rattlebrained, crackpot ideas always made us laugh.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Prepositional Idioms

Prepositional idioms combine prepositions with verbs, nouns, or phrases to create idiomatic expressions. What two categories can these expressions be divided into? More...
Article of the Day

El Gran Capitán

Known to his contemporaries as "El Gran Capitán", or "the Great Captain," Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba was a Spanish general who made Spain the world's preeminent military power. Born in 1453, de Córdoba was one of the founders of modern warfare. He formed the first modern standing army and was the first European general to organize the pursuit of defeated armies after a victory in order to destroy the retreating enemy. Historians refer to him as the father of what kind of warfare? More...
This Day in History

Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)

Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals. Did Johnson ever return to basketball? More...
Today's Birthday

Lise Meitner (1878)

An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work. Why did Hahn once give her a diamond ring? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

(have) got something going (with someone)

To have or be in the midst of a romantic or sexual affair with someone. A colloquial variant of "have something going (with someone)." More...
Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2017)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sits

trimmer - One who sits on the fence or remains neutral about political issues. More...

insessor - One who sits in or on/upon something. More...

nest - From Indo-European nizdos, literally "(place where the bird) sits down." More...

soot - Etymologically, something that "sits" on something else—like film settling on a surface. More...

In the News

Why are women more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease than men?

In a disease riddled with unknowns, it's one of Alzheimer's biggest mysteries: Why do women make up two-thirds of cases? An innovative new study may offer some insights and help develop effective treatments. November is National Alzheimer's Disease ... More...
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