Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 26, 2021)
Word of the Day

querulous

Definition:(adjective) Given to complaining; peevish.
Synonyms:fretful, whiny
Usage: The teacher's patience was wearing thin, but the querulous student nevertheless continued to whine about how much homework she was assigning.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs and Tense

Stative verbs can be in the present, past, or future tense; however, because they describe static conditions, they are usually unable to progress through time, and they therefore cannot be used when forming the continuous or progressive forms of verb tenses. However, some stative verbs can be used in a continuous tense in what situations? More...
Article of the Day

The Mirror Test

This test is used to determine whether an animal recognizes itself in a mirror—an indicator of self-awareness. It was developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., who was inspired by Darwin's account of an encounter with a captive orangutan that saw itself in a mirror and seemed to show recognition. Gallup refined the test by placing marks on his subjects and then observing their responses to the marks upon seeing their reflections. Which animals typically pass the test, and which fail? More...
This Day in History

Largest Mass Execution in US History (1862)

Though the US government and the Sioux concluded several treaties during the first half of the 19th century, relations had deteriorated by 1862 when a Sioux uprising killed more than 800 white settlers and soldiers in Minnesota. Military tribunals convicted 303 Sioux prisoners of murder and rape and sentenced them to death. US President Abraham Lincoln commuted most sentences, but the public hanging of 38 prisoners was still the largest mass execution in US history. What became of the bodies? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Fairfax Somerville (1780)

Somerville became an accomplished science writer at a time when women's involvement in the sciences was generally discouraged. She earned widespread recognition for her 1831 translation of Pierre-Simon Laplace's five-volume Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics), a project she undertook for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, which aimed to adapt scientific material for the rapidly expanding reading public. What term was coined in a review of one of her other works? More...
Quotation of the Day
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

have a nodding acquaintance (with someone or something)

To have a slight or precursory knowledge of someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Junkanoo Festival (2021)

The Junkanoo Parade and Festival, held in Nassau's native quarter, is celebrated each year on December 26, Boxing Day, and January 1, New Year's Day. Masqueraded marchers wearing colorful headpieces and costumes dance to the beat of an Afro-Bahamian rhythm called Goombay. The music is played by a variety of unusual native instruments, including goat skin drums, lignum vitae sticks, pebble-filled "shak-shaks," and steel drums. The Junkanoo parade, which begins at two o'clock in the morning and continues until sunrise, is followed by the judging of costumes and awarding of prizes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toes

gronk, cheese, toe-jam - The stuff between your toes. More...

pantaraxia - Any actions aimed at keeping people on their toes. More...

plantar pad, digital pads - The plantar pad is the larger pad of a cat's foot; the digital pads are on the toes. More...

dactyl - Your dactyls are your toes. More...

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