Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 3, 2021)
Word of the Day

rend

Definition:(verb) To tear or split apart or into pieces violently.
Synonyms:rip, rive
Usage: The widow began to rend her clothes in grief.
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

"The Judgment"

"The Judgment" is a 1912 short story by Franz Kafka. He wrote it in a single sitting and described the experience as a creative outburst of the body and soul with the story emerging like a newborn "covered in filth and slime." He even allowed it to be published—most of his stories were only released posthumously. "The Judgment" focuses on a man named Georg Bendemann whose father condemns him to death by drowning, prompting Georg to jump off a bridge. What life events likely inspired Kafka? 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
Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

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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