Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 22, 2021)
Word of the Day

yesteryear

Definition:(noun) The time that has elapsed.
Synonyms:past
Usage: The teen idols of yesteryear are now middle-aged has-beens.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Quantifiers with Uncountable Nouns

Certain quantifiers can only be used with uncountable nouns, while others can only modify countable nouns. "Too much" and "too many" cause particular confusion. Which of those two quantifiers is used to modify uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Superfluid

With the lowest melting and boiling points of any known substance, helium—alone among the elements—will not solidify even as its temperature approaches absolute zero. Instead, it takes on extremely unusual physical properties, as physicists discovered in 1937. It becomes a superfluid. With zero entropy, zero viscosity, and extremely high thermal conductivity, superfluid helium can overcome friction to climb out of an open jar. What does superfluid helium do if placed in a rotating container? More...
This Day in History

Roe v. Wade Decision Legalizes Abortion in the US (1973)

Roe v. Wade was the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the US. In 1970, an unmarried pregnant woman—who was at the time identified only as Jane Roe—filed a lawsuit because she wanted an abortion but could not legally get one in Texas. Her suit aimed to have the Texas abortion law declared unconstitutional as an invasion of her right to privacy as guaranteed by the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments. How does Norma McCorvey—"Jane Roe"—view the case today? More...
Today's Birthday

Lord Byron (1788)

Despite being a social outcast—and self-conscious of his noticeable limp—Byron became the rock star of the Romantic period. His poetic travelogue Childe Harold's Pilgrimage won him fame, while his complex personality, dashing good looks, and scandalous love affairs captured the imagination of Europe. His literary legacy includes the satirical epic Don Juan and the lonely, rebellious, and brooding "Byronic hero." Who famously described Byron as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"? More...
Quotation of the Day
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) blood runs cold

One becomes seized by an acute and intense sensation of fear, panic, horror, or dread. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent's Day (2022)

São Vicente St. Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stiff

rigidulous - Describing something somewhat rigid or a little stiff. More...

clumse - If you are clumse, you are stiff from the cold. More...

string - Etymologically, something that has been pulled "taut, stiff." More...

stone - From a Germanic base meaning "solidity" or "stiffness." More...

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