Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 1, 2020)
Word of the Day

self-worth

Definition:(noun) Respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself.
Synonyms:dignity, self-regard
Usage: This is the third time Luke has been fired in the past year, and I can only imagine the damage that it is doing to his self-worth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quantifying Uncountable Nouns

Although similar in nature to other nouns, uncountable nouns refer to things that cannot be divided into individual units, and that therefore cannot be made plural at all. How do we quantify them? More...
Article of the Day

Masks

Masks have been worn since the Stone Age, chiefly to impersonate supernatural beings or animals in ceremonies but also for theatrical and practical purposes. In ancient Egypt, Asia, and the Inca civilization, death masks were used to facilitate the spirit's journey in the afterlife. In ancient Greece, masks were used in the theater to represent specific characters, portray emotion, and amplify the speaker’s voice. Why did some doctors in the Middle Ages wear beaked masks? More...
This Day in History

Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster (2003)

The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere during the conclusion of its 28th mission to space, killing its seven-member crew. Investigations revealed that the breakup resulted from damage sustained during launch when a piece of foam insulation broke free from an external tank and struck the shuttle's left wing. NASA learned of the foam strike early on but failed take steps that might have averted the disaster. Why did they ignore the issue? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Edward Coke (1552)

One of the most eminent jurists in the history of English law, Coke held some of the highest legal offices in Britain during his career. However, his enduring fame and importance rests principally on his legal writings, which for centuries served as invaluable guides to jurists both at home and abroad, and on his staunch defense of common law in the face of royal absolutism, a position which earned him the ire of many powerful figures, like kings and church leaders. Who was Coke's chief rival? More...
Quotation of the Day
All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

out there

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Somewhat unusual, unconventional, crazy, or eccentric. More...
Today's Holiday

Yaya Matsuri (2022)

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first week in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intoxicated

nappy - Describing a beer that has a head and is foaming—or a person who is slightly intoxicated. More...

capernoited - Slightly intoxicated. More...

groggy - From grog, "spirits mixed with water," it first meant "intoxicated." More...

temulent, temulency - Temulent means drunken or intoxicated; temulency is intoxication. More...

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