Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

infirmity

Definition:(noun) The state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age).
Synonyms:debility, feebleness, frailty, valetudinarianism
Usage: We all knew it was infirmity, not indifference, that kept Grandma Jane from attending my graduation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used with Static Verbs

We use "to" with motion verbs when we describe the movement from one location to another. "Arrive," however, is considered a "static" verb, meaning it indicates no movement from point A to point B. What preposition do we use with static verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Lechuguilla Cave

Long thought to be an insignificant, smallish cave near the famous Carlsbad Caverns, Lechuguilla Cave is now recognized as the deepest limestone cave in the US and the world’s fifth longest cave. It was only in 1986 that cavers digging through rubble at the floor of the cave discovered its expansive network of more than 120 miles (193 km) of passages. The cave is famous for its rare geological beauty, featuring gypsum chandeliers, hydromagnesite balloons, helictites, soda straws, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph (1878)

Though his formal schooling was limited to just three months of instruction before he was ten years old, Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. His work in improving telegraph technology—particularly his discovery of a method for recording telegraph messages—led Edison to suspect he could do similar things with sound. Within months, the first working model of his phonograph was ready. Why, according to Edison, was he "taken aback" when his invention worked on the first try? More...
Today's Birthday

Amy Tan (1952)

Born in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrants, Tan is an award-winning author whose novels focus on the lives of Asian-Americans and the complexities of intergenerational relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. Her best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club was based on the tragic experiences of her mother, who had years earlier fled an abusive marriage, though it meant leaving her three daughters behind in Shanghai. When did Tan finally meet her half-sisters? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavor; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

Hallmark moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be suitable as a greeting card. A reference to the Hallmark brand of greeting cards. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2020)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 a.m., the exact time the attack began, an air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intellect

heart - As the seat of feeling and intellect, heart has been used since around 825. More...

intellect, intelligent - Intellect and intelligent come from Latin intelligere, "perceive" or "understand." More...

intelligible - Means "understandable through the intellect." More...

inwit - Usually means "an inner sense of right or wrong," but its more general meaning is "reason, intellect, understanding, or wisdom." More...

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