Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

humdrum

Definition:(adjective) Lacking variety or excitement; dull.
Synonyms:unglamorous, commonplace, prosaic
Usage: So here I shall end my days; and I must say, Dorothy, my dear, that you are very foolish to go back into that stupid, humdrum world again.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Limit information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. When we want to emphasize information that presents limits, we use focusing adverbs like "alone" and "only." What are other focusing adverbs that emphasize limits? More...
Article of the Day

The Freedom Rides

After the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Boynton v. Virginia (1960) that racial segregation in public transportation is illegal, civil rights activists organized the Freedom Rides, in which interracial groups of participants rode public transportation in the southern US to challenge local laws enforcing segregation. Though many riders were beaten and arrested, people continued to join the campaign, propelling it forward. How else did the riders protest racial discrimination? More...
This Day in History

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses? More...
Quotation of the Day
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

lazy-bones

A particularly lazy or indolent person. More...
Today's Holiday

Nobel Prize Ceremony (2017)

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ray

shaft - A ray of light. More...

radiate - As an adjective, it means having rays or parts coming out of a center, from Latin radius, "ray, spoke." More...

radio wave - Travels like rays of light, so it takes its name from Latin radius, "spoke of a wheel; ray of light." More...

sol-fa - The sol-fa syllables are doh, ray, mi, fah, sol, lah, te—for the notes of the major musical scale. More...

In the News

The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats

The Empire State building, pizza and Broadway are just a few things synonymous with New York City — and then there's the rats. Like many other major metropolitan areas, New York City has a rat problem. But that doesn't mean that all the rats are the ... More...
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