Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

nimiety

Definition:(noun) Superfluity; excess.
Synonyms:excess, surplus, surplusage
Usage: After her long nap, the baby had a nimiety of energy that exhausted her parents.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Question Marks

Question marks ( ? ) are used to identify sentences that ask a question (technically known as interrogative sentences). What are indirect questions? More...
Article of the Day

Lymph Nodes

These white blood cell-filled filters are the lymphatic system's filtration units. They collect and destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses, and foreign particles that infiltrate the body. There are approximately 500 to 600 lymph nodes throughout the body, with clusters in the neck, underarms, chest, groin, and abdomen. The bean-shaped nodes normally range in size from a few millimeters up to 2 centimeters but may become enlarged due to the presence of a tumor. What else causes lymph nodes to swell? More...
This Day in History

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918)

On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, their graves marked with nicknames like "Baldy" and "Smiley" since many bodies could not be formally identified. What caused the collision? More...
Today's Birthday

Erich Maria Remarque (1898)

Drafted into the German army at age 18, Remarque served in World War I and was wounded several times. From his experience of trench warfare, he drew a grimly realistic picture of the horror of battle in his first novel and masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front. It was an immediate international success, and Remarque went on to write several other novels. All Quiet on the Western Front was later burned by the Nazis, who guillotined which of his family members in 1943? More...
Quotation of the Day
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a living legend

A person who has an extraordinary reputation or level of fame while he or she is still alive. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Anti-Fascist Resistance Day (2021)

This holiday in Croatia, also called Anti-Fascism Day, dates back to the Second World War. After Nazi Germany invaded and conquered Yugoslavia in 1941, Croatia became a German puppet state under a government of Croatian fascists, called the Ustaše. One of the resistance groups that sprang up to oppose the fascist government was the Partisans, headed by half-Croatian Communist leader Josip Broz Tito. Anti-Fascist Resistance Day is a national holiday in Croatia. Like most warm-weather holidays in the country, it is celebrated with outdoor barbeques and fireworks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: movie

art movie - A movie intended to be an artistic work rather than a commercial movie of mass appeal. More...

longueurs - Boring periods of time or parts of a book, play, music, or movie are longueurs. More...

horse opera - A slang term for a western (movie). More...

vamp - Theda Bara's performance in the movie The Vampire brought us this word, meaning "seductive woman." More...

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