Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

hackneyed

Definition:(adjective) Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.
Synonyms:banal, old-hat, stock, threadbare, timeworn, trite, well-worn, tired, shopworn, commonplace
Usage: For God's sake do not thrust upon me your hackneyed remarks, repeated to nausea, that "I was only a dreamer," while they even then had an understanding of life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adjectives

In English, the order of adjectives can sometimes be flexible, but most of the time we use a very specific order. To avoid unnatural-sounding sentences, what types of adjectives are used first? More...
Article of the Day

Wood Frogs: Cryogenics at Work

Found in moist North American woodlands, wood frogs are forest-dwelling amphibians notable for their resistance to freezing. During cold spells, the frogs' liver glycogen is converted in large quantities to glucose in response to ice formation in their tissues. The glucose acts as antifreeze, inhibiting ice formation in cells, which would otherwise rupture. If ice formation is confined to extracellular fluids, the frogs are able to survive the winter. In what unique place do wood frogs breed? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Wagram Begins (1809)

The two-day Battle of Wagram signaled the end of the 1809 War of the Fifth Coalition between the kingdoms of Austria and France. Due to the battle's then-unprecedented use of artillery, both sides suffered tens of thousands of casualties. The Austrians were broken by the battle. Napoleon's victory forced Archduke Charles of Austria to accept unfavorable armistice conditions, stripping Austria of land and subjects. The battle might have ended differently if who had shown up in time? More...
Today's Birthday

David Glasgow Farragut (1801)

Adopted by a naval officer as a child, Farragut began his naval career as a midshipman at age nine. During the US Civil War, he ran his ships past Confederate forts to capture New Orleans. The victory earned him a prominent place in the Union navy. He was again promoted in 1864, after leading a successful assault on a heavily mined Confederate port. Famously, upon losing a ship during the attack, he allegedly cried out "Damn the torpedoes–full speed ahead!" What naval rank was created for him? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

hold that thought

An expression used to interrupt someone mid-speech and indicate that one's attention is being or about to be diverted. More...
Today's Holiday

Beiteddine Festival (2020)

The Beiteddine Festival, held in a magnificent 200-year-old palace in this town in the Chouf region of Lebanon, has presented world-class offerings in the arts since 1985. Organizers defied the struggles of Lebanon's civil war by staging this celebration of human culture. Many performers are Lebanese, but artists from around the world also are invited. The 2001 festival, for example, included a concert by Elton John, a production of Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, and Turkish folk musician Kudsi Erguner, as well as a performance by the Lebanese singer Fairouz. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stranger

extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household. More...

barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy." More...

stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside." More...

pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger." More...

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