Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

philology

Definition:(noun) The humanistic study of language and literature.
Synonyms:linguistics
Usage: Another master had come, with a degree of doctor of philology from the University of Heidelberg...to teach French to the upper forms and German to anyone who cared to take it up.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Major and Minor Sentences

A major sentence (also called a "regular sentence") is any complete sentence that is made up of or contains an independent clause—that is, it has both a subject and a predicate (a verb and any of its constituent parts). What is a minor (or "irregular") sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Fanaa

Sufism is an umbrella term for the ascetic and mystical movements within Islam that seek to find divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. Fanaa is the Sufi concept of achieving complete unity with God by "annihilating" the self. Similar to the idea of nirvana in Buddhism, the concept was advocated by al-Bistami and used by Hallaj in the declaration of his unity with God, which led to his execution for heresy in 922. What similar concept is found in Hinduism? More...
This Day in History

The Who Riverfront Coliseum Stampede (1979)

After starting out as The High Numbers, British rock band The Who gained international fame in the 1960s and 70s with songs like "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." The band's incredibly loud concerts and penchant for destroying their instruments onstage boosted their appeal to rock fans, but offstage destruction overshadowed the music on December 3, 1979, when a stampede prior to The Who's show at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed how many fans? More...
Today's Birthday

Ellen Richards (1842)

A Vassar graduate and the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—"it being understood that her admission did not establish a precedent for the general admission of females"—chemist Ellen Richards was one of the US's foremost female chemists of her time and the founder of the country's home economics movement. Yet, perhaps her greatest contributions were the advances she made in opening up science education and professions to women. What were some of her notable firsts? More...
Quotation of the Day
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

meet (someone's) expectations

To be as good as or have the qualities that someone predicted, expected, or hoped for. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Disabled Persons (2021)

The years 1983-92 marked the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, a period during which great strides were made in raising awareness and enacting laws to improve the situation of individuals with disabilities. At the conclusion of this 10-year observance, December 3 was proclaimed the International Day of Disabled Persons. The UN General Assembly appealed to its members to observe this day with activities and events designed to promote the advantages of integrating disabled persons into every area of social, economic, and political life. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sluggish

lusk - Means lazy or sluggish. More...

phlegmatic - First meant "abounding in phlegm" and now more commonly means "not easily excited; lacking enthusiasm; dull, sluggish"—supposedly the type of character one has from having an overabundance of phlegm. More...

sulk - A back-formation of sulky, from obsolete sulke, "sluggish." More...

drumble - To move in a slow, sluggish way. More...

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