Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 11, 2018)
Word of the Day

ill-fated

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or promising bad fortune.
Synonyms:ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky, doomed
Usage: Freed after months of captivity, the aid workers are relieved to have survived their ill-fated trip abroad.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions and Hypothetical Situations

We use the subordinating conjunctions "even if," "if," "as long as," "in case," "provided that," and "providing" when referring to a hypothetical situation. Which of those is the most common conjunction for hypothetical sentences? More...
Article of the Day

"Jumping the Shark"

"Jumping the shark" is a colloquialism used by TV critics and fans to denote the point in a TV series at which the characters or plot veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Shows that have "jumped the shark" are typically deemed to have passed their peak and undergone too many changes to retain their original appeal. The term is an allusion to a scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days, when the popular character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli does what? More...
This Day in History

First Treaties of Utrecht Signed (1713)

Lasting from 1701 to 1714, the War of the Spanish Succession was brought to a close with two series of treaties signed in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The first series was signed between France and other European powers, specifically Britain, the Dutch Republic, Prussia, Portugal, and Savoy. Among other concessions, France agreed to cede various territories and recognize Queen Anne as the British sovereign. After concluding these treaties, France still remained at war with what empire? More...
Today's Birthday

Percy Lavon Julian (1899)

Julian was an African-American chemist and a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. Due to the institutional racism of the time, Julian was forced to overcome enormous obstacles to obtain his PhD and was repeatedly denied opportunities for employment and academic tenure. His home in Illinois was firebombed. Nevertheless, he developed an important fire-fighting foam from soy protein and revolutionized the synthetic hormone industry, making possible what treatments? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

measure the drapes

To begin planning or preparing to replace someone in a job or position before one has actually secured the role, especially during a political election. More...
Today's Holiday

Juan Santamaría Day (2018)

Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero in Costa Rica. The country had been threatened in 1856 by William Walker, an American imperialist who planned to conquer Central America and use its citizens for slave labor. Santamaría, a 19-year-old drummer boy from the town of Alajeula, was part of the makeshift militia that fought off Walker's forces. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, and marching bands throughout the country, with the biggest celebrations in Alajuela. The official holiday is on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría's death. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorance

agnosy, agnoiology - Agnosy is another word for ignorance and agnoiology is the study of human ignorance. More...

ignotism - A mistake due to ignorance. More...

nescience, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance." More...

sophomoric - Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word. More...

In the News

Exercise Cuts Heart Risks, Regardless of Your Genes

Staying physically fit can help ward off heart trouble, even if your genetics put you at higher risk for clogged arteries, a new, large study suggests. The researchers looked at nearly 500,000 middle-aged and older adults and found those with higher fitness ... More...
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