Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

mawkish

Definition:(adjective) Excessively and objectionably sentimental.
Synonyms:bathetic, hokey, maudlin, schmaltzy, sentimental, mushy, drippy
Usage: His pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gerunds as Objects of Verbs

Gerunds very frequently function as the direct objects of "true" verbs. What type of verb is very likely to take a gerund as an object? More...
Article of the Day

Magnetoencephalography

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an imaging technique that maps brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents in the brain. Unlike electroencephalography, which uses electrodes attached to the head, MEG uses sensors positioned over the head and takes place in a vaultlike machine that eliminates interference from magnetic fields produced by various sources. MEG is sometimes used to pinpoint areas of pathological activity before surgery to treat what conditions? More...
This Day in History

SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004)

Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft. Where is SpaceShipOne currently on display? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)

Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty—it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

living impaired

A jocular, pseudo-politically correct term for being dead. More...
Today's Holiday

National Aboriginal Day (2021)

Long before a national holiday was established, this day of the year had been observed by Canada's Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples as a celebration of Aboriginal heritage. In 1996, the Canadian government made June 21 an official holiday, including all citizens in the observance. Celebrations take place throughout Canada, and are organized by the regional offices of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. Some festivities are modest celebrations; others exhibit a stronger focus on culture and tradition by holding canoe races, powwows, and awareness events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prove

probe, prove, probable - Latin probare, "approve, prove, test," is the source of English probe and prove. From that came Latin probabilis, "provable," which became English probable. More...

sooth, soothsayer, soothe - Sooth, "true, truth," or "that which is," is part of soothsayer; it is related to soothe, which once meant "assent to be true; say yes to," or "to prove or show a fact to be true." More...

approve - Its original sense was "prove, demonstrate." More...

rebut, refute - To rebut a statement is to offer clear evidence or a reasoned argument against it; to refute a statement is to prove it wrong (neither means "contradict" or "deny"). More...

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