Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 8, 2019)
Word of the Day

addlepated

Definition:(adjective) Stupid and confused.
Synonyms:muddleheaded, puddingheaded
Usage: George was so shocked by the failure of his overseas investments that he began babbling to his accountant like an addlepated nincompoop.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place generally appear immediately after the main verb in a sentence if it is intransitive, or else after the verb's object if it is transitive. Only two adverbs of place are very commonly used at the beginning of sentences. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Peregrine Falcon

The fastest living creature on Earth, the peregrine falcon can reach speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) when it dives to capture prey—typically other birds that it seizes in midair. Small bony tubercles on its nostrils guide the high-pressure airflow away from its lungs during a dive, while transparent inner eyelids protect its eyes. It usually nests on cliff ledges, but in urban areas skyscrapers serve as an adequate substitute. What is the primary food source of a city-living peregrine falcon? More...
This Day in History

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Opens Its Doors (1837)

The first of the Seven Sisters—traditionally female colleges often considered the equivalent to the historically male-dominated Ivy League—Mount Holyoke is one of the oldest women's colleges in the US. It was founded by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education, in the midst of a movement that created unprecedented new educational opportunities for women in the US. Many colleges were later modeled on Mount Holyoke. What unusual feature did each dorm room at the seminary originally have? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Day (1897)

Day was an American journalist, Christian anarchist, and social reformer. She originally wrote for the New York socialist journals The Call and The Masses. After the birth of her daughter in 1927, she converted to Catholicism, cofounded The Catholic Worker, and started a movement to aid the urban poor. Although her outspoken pacifist views were criticized by Catholic conservatives, she influenced Catholic liberals. What honor did she receive 20 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Athens Classic Marathon (2020)

This modern-day marathon in Greece is run by male and female athletes of all ages. It retraces the course of the Greek soldier, Pheidippides, who ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens to bring news of the Athenian victory over the Persians, a distance of about 25 miles. The starting line today is in the village of Marathon and the finish line is at the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Athens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melancholy

elegiac - Can mean "melancholy, mournful." More...

brown study - Gloomy meditation or melancholy is known as being in a brown study. More...

hypochondria - First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy. More...

tristful - Means "full of melancholy or sadness." More...

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