Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

impermanent

Definition:(adjective) Not lasting or durable; not permanent.
Synonyms:temporary
Usage: After weeks of carefully constructing the beautiful sand mandala, the Tibetan monks quietly swept it away in a ceremony emphasizing the impermanent nature of existence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Complements

An adjective complement is a phrase or clause that provides information necessary to complete an adjective phrase’s meaning. Adjective complements are similar to but distinct from modifiers of adjectives. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

Squatting

Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that one does not own, rent, or have permission to use. Many of the slums and shanty towns found in the world's poorest countries began as squats established on illegally occupied land. Commonly seen in urban areas the world over, squats function as residences as well as social centers. According to one source, there may be as many as one billion squatters globally. What is the international squatters' symbol? More...
This Day in History

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to Traffic (1883)

The Brooklyn Bridge—one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US—stretches over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and, at the time of its completion, was the world's longest suspension bridge. Construction was plagued by at least 27 fatal accidents, one of which killed John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer. Days after the bridge opened, rumors of its impending collapse caused a stampede that killed how many people? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898)

Now regarded as the founder of pediatric cardiology, Taussig was an American physician who, among other things, revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of "blue babies," babies whose heart malformations cause low blood oxygen content. She pioneered the use of fluoroscopy to identify defects in the heart and great vessels and devised a surgical treatment with Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas that saved thousands of infants. She also helped block the approval of what dangerous drug in the US? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can see the humorous side of things and enjoy the fun when it comes; but look where I will, there seems to me always more sadness than joy in life.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

speak of the devil, and he shall appear

An acknowledgment of a person who has arrived just as or after he or she was being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Bermuda Day (2022)

Bermuda Day, formerly Commonwealth Day, is a public holiday and the highlight of Bermuda Heritage Month. Since 1979, a variety of cultural activities have been held every May, including historical exhibits, concerts, and thanksgiving services in churches. Festivities on May 24 include a parade that ends up in the middle of a festival at Bernard Park in Hamilton. It is also a popular day for Bermudians to hit the beaches. Runners participate in a marathon race, and there are races for cyclists and skaters. May 24 is also the beginning of dinghy-racing season in St. George's Harbor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: limbs

ashtanga - Sanskrit for "having eight parts"—referring to the eight limbs or sutras of yoga; ashtanga yoga is also known as power yoga. More...

basket case - Originally slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently. More...

stretch - Originally meant "lengthening the limbs" or making them stiffer by stretching. More...

hurkle, hurple - To hurkle or hurple is to draw one's limbs in and scrunch up the shoulders in reaction to the cold or in a storm. More...

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