Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

orison

Definition:(noun) Reverent petition to a deity.
Synonyms:petition, prayer
Usage: Jehan go every evening to chapel, and sing there an anthem with verse and orison to Madame the glorious Virgin Mary.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Complements

An adjective complement is a phrase or clause that provides information necessary to complete an adjective phrase’s meaning. Adjective complements are similar to but distinct from modifiers of adjectives. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

Galalith

Galalith is a biodegradable, nonflammable plastic material made of the milk protein casein and formaldehyde. Called "milk stone," it was one of the first synthetic materials ever produced. It was used for Art-Deco jewelry, buttons, and pens and replaced ivory in piano keys. Though it could be easily dyed and cut, it could not be molded, and this drawback, along with milk rationing in WWII, led to its commercial demise. It can be easily produced at home with milk and what other common ingredient? More...
This Day in History

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to Traffic (1883)

The Brooklyn Bridge—one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US—stretches over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and, at the time of its completion, was the world's longest suspension bridge. Construction was plagued by at least 27 fatal accidents, one of which killed John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer. Days after the bridge opened, rumors of its impending collapse caused a stampede that killed how many people? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898)

Now regarded as the founder of pediatric cardiology, Taussig was an American physician who, among other things, revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of "blue babies," babies whose heart malformations cause low blood oxygen content. She pioneered the use of fluoroscopy to identify defects in the heart and great vessels and devised a surgical treatment with Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas that saved thousands of infants. She also helped block the approval of what dangerous drug in the US? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always advise people never to give advice.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

speak of the devil, and he shall appear

An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after he or she was being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Day (2022)

Bermuda Day, formerly Commonwealth Day, is a public holiday and the highlight of Bermuda Heritage Month. Since 1979, a variety of cultural activities have been held every May, including historical exhibits, concerts, and thanksgiving services in churches. Festivities on May 24 include a parade that ends up in the middle of a festival at Bernard Park in Hamilton. It is also a popular day for Bermudians to hit the beaches. Runners participate in a marathon race, and there are races for cyclists and skaters. May 24 is also the beginning of dinghy-racing season in St. George's Harbor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: limbs

ashtanga - Sanskrit for "having eight parts"—referring to the eight limbs or sutras of yoga; ashtanga yoga is also known as power yoga. More...

basket case - Originally slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently. More...

stretch - Originally meant "lengthening the limbs" or making them stiffer by stretching. More...

hurkle, hurple - To hurkle or hurple is to draw one's limbs in and scrunch up the shoulders in reaction to the cold or in a storm. More...

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