Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 29, 2022)
Word of the Day

diaphanous

Definition:(adjective) Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent.
Synonyms:filmy, gauzy, sheer, vaporous
Usage: She wore a hat with a diaphanous veil that did not obscure her features.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quotation Marks and Titles

We use italics or occasionally underlining to indicate the title of a complete body of creative work (such as a novel, music album, play, or film). In what instances do we use quotation marks to indicate a title? More...
Article of the Day

The Cardiac Cycle

The sequence of events that occurs as the heart pumps blood through the body is called the cardiac cycle. A single "beat" involves systole, diastole, and an intervening pause. Systole is the contraction of the heart, during which blood in the chambers is forced onward. Diastole is the relaxation and dilatation of the chambers, especially the ventricles, during which they fill with blood. What onomatopoeic words are used in medical literature to describe the heartbeat sound heard during systole? More...
This Day in History

Dachau Concentration Camp Liberated by US Troops (1945)

Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp and served as a model for others that followed. Built just miles from Munich, Germany, where the Nazi Party was headquartered, it was the site of unimaginable horrors. Dachau's prisoners were used as forced laborers and as test subjects in grotesque medical experiments. Records indicate that at least 32,000 inmates died at Dachau, and countless more were transported to extermination camps. What was the camp used for after American troops liberated it? More...
Today's Birthday

Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are "Mood Indigo," "Solitude," and "Sophisticated Lady." He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Uesugi Matsuri (2022)

This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). He is remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa River, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rules

lect - A regional or social variety within a language, a form of speech defined by a homogenous set of rules. More...

precisian - An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures. More...

ring - Boxing started off in circles, and when the Marquess of Queensbury introduced a set of rules in 1867, he also introduced the roped-off square, which continued to be called the "ring." More...

mistress - First meant "a woman who rules or has control," or a "woman who employs others, as servants." More...

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