Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

habitue

Definition:(noun) A regular patron.
Synonyms:regular, fixture
Usage: He was a habitue at the bar, but he never had more than two drinks in a night.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Attributive Adjectives

Attributive adjectives are adjectives that describe a characteristic (or attribute) of the noun or pronoun that they modify. They form part of a noun phrase, appearing immediately before (or sometimes after) the noun in a sentence. Why are attributive adjectives usually considered in opposition to predicative adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Bone marrow, rich in blood-forming and immune system cells, is the soft tissue that fills the spongy interiors of animal bones. Diseases of the marrow can interfere with red blood cell production, and a technique called bone marrow transplantation is used to infuse healthy bone marrow into a patient whose marrow is defective. A large needle inserted into the center of large bones harvests the donor marrow. How are the stem cells from the marrow harvest introduced into the recipient's body? More...
This Day in History

The Tangiwai Rail Disaster (1953)

On December 24, 1953, an overnight express train from Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand, was crossing a rail bridge over the Whangaehu River near Tangiwai when the bridge collapsed, sending the engine and first five carriages into the river. The sixth car teetered on the edge, giving a passersby and a guard time to save passengers before it plummeted into the river. Fortunately, the last five carriages remained on the tracks. What had weakened the bridge just minutes before the train arrived? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges-Marie Guynemer (1894)

A top French fighter ace during World War I and a national hero, Guynemer shot down 53 enemy planes and survived being shot down several times before he presumably died in a firefight on September 11, 1917. During an engagement that fateful day, Guynemer's plane disappeared, reportedly shot down by a German pilot who was himself killed in action weeks later. To ease the blow of the loss of their young hero, French schoolchildren were taught that what had happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

the end of (one's) rope

A point of utter exhaustion or exasperation; a point or state at which one has no more patience, endurance, or energy left. More...
Today's Holiday

"Silent Night, Holy Night" Celebration (2016)

"Silent Night, Holy Night" was written and composed by Franz Gruber and Father Josef Mohr. The carol was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1818, at St. Nickola Church in Oberndorf, Austria. This event is commemorated in Oberndorf, Hallein, Wagrain, Salzburg, and other towns in the state of Salzburg by holding a candlelight procession on December 24. Everyone sings the carol as they march to the church and again when they are inside. It is usually sung in various languages to honor the many nations where the birth of the Christ child is celebrated. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thigh

ham, hamstring - Originally, the part of the leg behind the knee was called the ham, and then the tendon near the ham was the hamstring; by extension, the ham became the thigh and buttock together. More...

haunch - The buttock and thigh together. More...

hockshin, gambrel - The underside of the thigh is the hockshin or gambrel. More...

thigh - Etymologically, the "plump" part of the leg, from an Indo-European base meaning "swell" or "fat." More...

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