Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

overabundance

Definition:(noun) A going or being beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate.
Synonyms:overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance
Usage: Four-year-olds have an overabundance of energy and quickly exhaust even the most active, fit adults.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Adjectives in Questions

When interrogative adjectives appear in normal direct questions, they are placed at the beginning of the sentence and are immediately followed by the noun that they modify. What other types of questions can interrogative adjectives appear in? More...
Article of the Day

Smeed's Law

First proposed in 1949, Smeed's Law is an empirical rule relating traffic fatalities to motor vehicle registration and country population. According to this law, annually increasing traffic volume ironically leads to a decrease in accidents per vehicle. Though the law was revisited in the 1980s and 90s with data from more than 60 countries supporting its validity, it has been disputed by several scholars. What supposed truth about human psychology did Smeed say the law reveals? More...
This Day in History

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" (1901)

While speaking at the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt used the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Four days later, President McKinley was shot, and, after McKinley died on the 14th, Roosevelt became president. The statement he made in Minnesota became forever associated with his foreign policy of backing up negotiations with implicit military might, and political cartoons often portrayed him toting the proverbial stick. What is the rest of the saying? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Soddy (1877)

Working with Ernest Rutherford, Soddy developed a theory of the disintegration of radioactive elements. In 1912, the British chemist was among the first to conclude that elements might exist in chemically indistinguishable forms—now known as isotopes—of different atomic weights. In his 1920 book Science and Life, he described the use of isotopes in determining geologic age. He later applied his scientific background to economic theories. What H.G. Wells novel was inspired by his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
My last page is always latent in my first; but the intervening windings of the way become clear only as I write.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

idiot mittens

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. More...
Today's Holiday

National Old-Time Country Music Contest and Festival (2020)

Created by Bob Everhart as part of America's bicentennial celebration in 1976, the National Old-Time Country Music Contest and Festival in Avoca, Iowa, is now the largest gathering of public domain music-makers and listeners in the United States. The festival's purpose is to preserve the music that, in Everhart's words, has been "in many instances altered so dramatically that it is no longer recognizable as a traditional American art form." There are more than 30 competitions in such varied musical genres as ragtime, polka, Cajun, mountain, folk, cowboy, Western, yodeling, and gospel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hell

barathrum - A bottomless pit or hell. More...

fire and brimstone - Eternal punishment in hell (from Genesis 19:24 and Revelation 19:20). More...

pandemonium - Literally means abode of all demons (or hell), from Greek pan-, "all," and daimon, "demon(s)." More...

hell - The Indo-European root meant "covered or concealed," as hell is supposedly hidden in the dark regions near the Earth's center. More...

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