Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 1, 2019)
Word of the Day

delude

Definition:(verb) To deceive the mind or judgment of.
Synonyms:cozen, deceive, lead on
Usage: You cannot delude me into believing that you ate your vegetables, because I saw you feeding broccoli to the dog!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Silent Speech

Silent speech refers to a direct quotation that is said internally (i.e., silently) by someone to him- or herself. We still use reporting verbs, and we often apply the exact same punctuation rules to silent speech that we use in direct speech. What do some writers use to make silent speech stand out from the rest of the text? More...
Article of the Day

Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Brittle Bone Disease

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a group of connective-tissue diseases characterized by abnormally brittle, easily fractured bones. A genetic disorder for which there is no known cure, OI is generally inherited but can also result from an individual mutation. Of the various forms of OI, Type II is the most severe. Babies with OI Type II, if not stillborn, are born with fractures and suffer severe bone deformity; most die shortly after birth. What can be done to reduce the incidence of fractures? More...
This Day in History

Peace Corps Established (1961)

In his inaugural address, US President John F. Kennedy famously tasked Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Months later, he gave them the opportunity. Kennedy created the Peace Corps to promote diplomacy and counter foreign stereotypes of Americans by sending skilled volunteers to serve abroad, and since 1961, more than 200,000 people have served in nearly 140 countries. What postcard sparked a controversy in the program's first year? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcus Valerius Martialis, AKA Martial (c. 38 CE)

Born in what is now Spain, Martial went as a young man to Rome, where he associated with prominent figures and won fame for his wit and poetry. He is renowned for his 12 books of epigrams—short, pithy sayings, often with a satiric or paradoxical twist. Pointed and often obscene, the poems provide a picture of Roman society during the early empire that is remarkable for its accurate portrayal of human foibles. In one verse, he accuses a man of burning down his own house for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

To make or hold someone, especially a group of people, responsible for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Drymiais (2021)

In Macedonia, the first three days of March are known as Drymiais and are associated with a number of superstitious beliefs. No trees are pruned or planted during this period because it is believed that they will wither. On March 1, one custom is for Macedonian mothers to tie pieces of red and white yarn around their children's wrists. When they see a swallow, the children throw the skein of yarn to the bird as an offering, or place it under a stone. If they lift the stone a few days later and find a swarm of ants beneath it, they can expect a healthy and prosperous year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: television

vidiot - An undiscriminating viewer of television or video recordings. More...

gaffer - In television and film, the senior electrician. More...

sixty-four dollar question, sixty-four thousand dollar question - The sixty-four dollar question on the U.S. radio quiz (1942) became the sixty-four thousand dollar question on television (1955). More...

square eyes - Used to describe someone addicted to television. More...

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