Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

bolster

Definition:(verb) To buoy up or hearten.
Synonyms:boost
Usage: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is mainly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and typically infects birds. Mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds can then transmit the disease to humans. About one-fifth of humans infected with the virus develop West Nile fever, which is sometimes accompanied by a rash. Less than one percent of all persons infected develop serious illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis. West Nile virus was first identified in Uganda in 1937. When did it reach the US? More...
This Day in History

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Founded (1909)

The oldest and largest US civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed as the direct result of race riots that occurred in 1908 in Springfield, Illinois. In 1939, it organized the Legal Defense and Education Fund as its legal arm, which sued for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education. During WWII, it pressed for desegregation of the armed forces, which was achieved in 1948. Who is the NAACP's current president? More...
Today's Birthday

Cotton Mather (1663)

Mather was an American Puritan leader remembered for his role in the Salem witch trials. Although his Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions fed the hysteria that led to the witch hunts, he disapproved of some of the trials and argued against the use of "spectral evidence," a type of evidence based on dreams. Deeply interested in science, Mather was the first native-born American to be a fellow of the Royal Society and was an early supporter of what medical method? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

with all (one's) might

Utilizing all of one's power and strength to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Hala Festival (2019)

The Hala Festival has been held in Kuwait every year since 1999 to celebrate the coming of spring and to promote Arab culture and the local economy. The festival begins with an opening carnival and parade, culminating in a lavish fireworks display. Over the course of the subsequent weeks, visitors are able to enjoy such features as performances of music from around the Middle East, exhibitions of calligraphy and cars, sporting events, and religious events. Shopping is a focal point of the festival, with more than 100 local merchants taking part in prize drawings and special offers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pie

chiffon - First a fabric, then a type of pie. More...

egg wash - Egg and milk or water brushed on bread, pie, etc. before baking is called egg wash. More...

pizza - Literally "pie" in Italian, making "pizza pie" redundant. It’s plural is pizza. More...

lid - The top crust of a pie. More...

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