Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

cockeyed

Definition:(adjective) Turned or twisted toward one side.
Synonyms:askew, awry, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
Usage: He noticed that his tie was cockeyed and made sure to straighten it before meeting with the company executives.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensifiers vs. Mitigators

Intensifiers are the opposite of mitigators, which are used to decrease the intensity of the words they modify. What is the mitigator in the following sentence? "After eating dinner, everyone in the room was a little bit full." More...
Article of the Day

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare infection of the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by what are commonly known as "flesh-eating bacteria." One of the fastest-spreading infections known, it develops at trauma sites and destroys both skin and muscle. Since the bacteria react slowly to intravenous antibiotics, treatment is often immediately undertaken along with surgical intervention if the condition is even suspected. Who are a few well-known victims of the infection? More...
This Day in History

Festivus (1997)

The holiday of Festivus, celebrated on December 23, was popularized by an episode of the 1990s TV show Seinfeld. Unfulfilled by the year-end holidays, character Frank Costanza invents Festivus "for the rest of us." The centerpiece of Festivus is a plain, unadorned aluminum pole placed in a bucket of cement. One by one, attendees grab the pole and air their grievances, detailing how other people have disappointed them in the past year. What happens after this gripe session? More...
Today's Birthday

Madam C.J. Walker (1867)

Thought to be America's first black female millionaire, this daughter of ex-slaves was orphaned at 7, working at 10, married at 14, and a widow with an infant at 20. She worked as a domestic and laundress and in her scant spare time developed a treatment system to stop hair loss in African-American women and create smooth, shiny coiffures. She soon expanded her product line, and by 1917, her cosmetics empire was the largest black-owned business in the US. What did she do with her riches? More...
Quotation of the Day
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

moral compass

That which serves or guides a person's knowledge, sense, or intuition of correct virtues, morals, or ethics. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Thorlak's Day (2021)

Thorlak Thorhalli (1133-1193) was born in Iceland and, after being educated abroad, returned there to become bishop of Skalholt in 1177 or 1178. He was canonized by the Icelandic parliament five years after his death. His day traditionally marks the climax of Christmas preparations for Icelanders. It is associated with housecleaning, as well as the preparation of special foods. The hangiket, or smoked mutton, for Christmas was usually cooked on this day, and, in the western fjords, the smell of skate hash cooked on St. Thorlak's Day is still considered a harbinger of the holiday season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: soldier

bombardier - First denoted a soldier in charge of a bombard, an early form of cannon. More...

functional shift - The process by which words change parts of speech without the addition of a prefix or suffix, as in soldier on, the verb, being created from soldier, the noun. More...

guerrilla, gorilla - Guerrilla is from a Spanish diminutive of guerra, "war," and refers to a soldier of an independent armed resistance force; gorilla is the ape. More...

military - Based on Latin miles, "soldier." More...

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