Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 9, 2021)
Word of the Day

sycophant

Definition:(noun) A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
Synonyms:crawler, toady, lackey
Usage: The sycophant erupted into laughter before the mayor had even finished the joke.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen. Typically, what is the outcome? More...
Article of the Day

Joseph Jagger: The Man Who Broke the Bank

Before Mick Jagger strutted with the Stones, fellow Brit Joseph Jagger brought fame to the surname in 1873 when he won two million francs at the Beaux-Arts Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Jagger began his scheme by hiring six clerks to record the outcomes of six of the casino's roulette wheels. They discovered that nine numbers came up more frequently than the others on one of the wheels. How did the casino respond when Jagger put his plan into action and began racking up winnings? More...
This Day in History

The Subsequent Nuremberg Trials: Doctors' Trial Begins (1946)

The Doctors' Trial was the first of 12 post-World War II trials collectively called the "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials," which the US held in its occupation zone in Nuremberg, Germany. Of the 23 defendants, 20 were medical doctors, and they faced charges for war crimes that included experimenting on human subjects without their consent. The Nuremberg Code was thus established to protect the rights of humans participating in medical research. How many of the defendants received death sentences? More...
Today's Birthday

Grace Murray Hopper (1906)

A math professor, Hopper joined the US Navy during World War II. She was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard, where she worked on the first fully automatic calculator, the Mark 1. Made of 765,000 parts and using typewriters for output, it sounded, she said, like a thousand knitting needles. She later helped develop UNIVAC I—the first US commercial electronic computer—and high-level programming languages. What computer term did she popularize and possibly coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

the mind's ear

The imaginative capability to create or recall sound within one's mind; the part of the mind that experiences imagined or recalled sound. (An allusion to the "mind's eye," which is likewise responsible for mental imagery.) More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2021)

Antigua has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: observation

sight - A measurement or observation taken with an optical device. More...

auspice - Originally denoted the observation of bird flight as a form of divination. More...

noegenesis - The generating or obtaining of new knowledge from experience through observation and the inferring of relations. More...

contemplate, contemplation - The base of contemplate and comtemplation is Latin templum, "open space for observation." More...

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