Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

comforter

Definition:(noun) A person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies.
Synonyms:allayer, reliever
Usage: She indeed veiled her grief and strove to act the comforter to us all.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Causative Verbs

Causative verbs indicate that a person, place, or thing is causing an action or an event to happen. What are some examples of causative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Locked-In Syndrome

Locked-in syndrome is a condition in which a patient is conscious and aware but cannot move or speak due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body. Unlike a persistent vegetative state, in which upper portions of the brain are damaged and lower portions are spared, locked-in syndrome is caused by damage to specific portions of the lower brain and brainstem with no damage to the upper brain. What is the one way that those with locked-in syndrome can sometimes communicate? More...
This Day in History

Children Report Visions of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal (1917)

In 1917, three children were herding sheep in Fátima when, according to their story, the Virgin Mary appeared to them. They claimed that she continued to appear to them on the 13th of every month, relaying messages and prophesies. Word of the visions spread, and at one point, the children were arrested. Then, on October 13, thousands reported seeing the sun spin in the sky near Fátima, which became a pilgrimage site. Two of the children died before the age of 12. What happened to the third? More...
Today's Birthday

Ole Worm (1588)

Worm was a Danish physician and antiquarian who was the personal physician of King Christian IV of Denmark and served Copenhagen during plague epidemics. Worm's chief contributions to medical science were in embryology. As a natural philosopher, he assembled a vast collection of stuffed and mounted animals, fossils, and other curiosities. A collector of early Scandinavian literature and texts written in the runic alphabet, he wrote extensively on rune stones. What are the Wormian bones? More...
Quotation of the Day
What I know about myself isn't really worth telling ... If you'll only let me tell you what I imagine about myself you'll think it ever so much more interesting.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

take a breather

To take a short pause or hiatus (from something). More...
Today's Holiday

Lemuralia (2022)

In ancient Rome, the lemures were the ghosts of the family's dead, who were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia, or Lemuria, was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: purposes

all intents and purposes - A redundant phrase, created for emphasis. More...

blamestorming - An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. More...

celebrant, celebrator, reveler - Celebrants take part in religious ceremonies; celebrators or revelers gather for purposes of revelry. More...

teleology - The study of design in nature; the word's basic meaning is "the study of ends or purposes"—attempts to understand the purpose of a natural occurrence by looking at its results. More...

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