Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 15, 2020)
Word of the Day

nemesis

Definition:(noun) A source of harm or ruin.
Synonyms:bane, scourge, curse
Usage: My doctor says I need to improve my diet immediately, but fast food, my great nemesis, tempts me every day during my commute home.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicative Adjectives

A predicative adjective (or predicate adjective) is used in the predicate of a clause to describe either the subject of the clause or the direct object. Predicative adjectives that describe the subject of the clause will follow a linking verb. In such cases, they are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

The Knockout

A knockout is a blow that renders a person unconscious. Knocking out one's opponent is one way to win a match in combat sports like boxing and mixed martial arts. A typical knockout—like anesthesia—results in a sustained loss of consciousness and memory. Repeated knockouts can cause brain injury. A "technical knockout" can be declared by a referee when a fighter cannot stand or cannot safely continue to fight, even if he or she is still conscious. What causes loss of consciousness in a knockout? More...
This Day in History

King Hussein of Jordan Marries Lisa Halaby (1978)

Lisa Halaby is the fourth wife and widow of the late King Hussein of Jordan. She was raised and educated in the US, graduating from Princeton University in 1974. An architect-planner by training, she met King Hussein while working in Jordan on the development of the Amman Intercontinental Airport, and they were soon wed. Upon their nuptials, Halaby converted to Islam and changed her first name from Lisa to Noor, an Arabic word meaning what? More...
Today's Birthday

John Bennett Fenn (1917)

Fenn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for his contributions to the technique of mass spectrometry. His work increased the speed at which complex new pharmaceutical compounds could be evaluated, leading to the development of life-saving AIDS medications in the mid-1990s. As part of Yale University's faculty, he reached mandatory retirement age in 1987 but stayed on as an emeritus professor to continue what would be his Nobel Prize-winning research. Why did Yale later sue Fenn? More...
Quotation of the Day
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

the rabbit died

The woman to whom we are referring is pregnant; the pregnancy test was positive. (From an early pregnancy test developed in 1931 in which the urine of a woman thought to be pregnant was injected into a female rabbit; if the woman was pregnant, the rabbit's ovaries would react. A common misconception at the time was that the rabbit would die if the woman was pregnant, hence the expression.) More...
Today's Holiday

Valdemar Day (2022)

According to legend, Danish King Valdemar II set out to conquer the pagan Estonians and convert them to Christianity. During the night of June 15, 1219, the Estonians made a surprise attack on the Danish camp. A red banner with a white cross floated down from the sky, and the Danish archbishop heard a voice say that the Danes would win if they raised this banner. Schools, sports organizations, and Boy Scout troops in Denmark often hold pageants on June 15 in which they reenact the story of the Dannebrog (the Danish flag) and King Valdemar. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: subtle

subingression - A subtle or unseen entrance. More...

ethereal - First meant "resembling the ether or lightest and most subtle of elements," and now means that something is impalpable or unearthly. More...

hard sell, soft sell - Hard sell implies an aggressive approach toward a potential buyer; a soft sell is a more subtle, suggestive approach. More...

subtle - Its ultimate source is Latin subtilis, "finely woven," a weaving term, from sub tela, "beneath the lengthwise threads of a loom." More...

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