Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

nonentity

Definition:(noun) A person of no influence.
Synonyms:nobody, cipher
Usage: After losing the gubernatorial election, she was written off as a political nonentity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Might

The modal verb "might" is most often used to express an unlikely or uncertain possibility. How is "might" used in reported speech? More...
Article of the Day

The Whiskey Robber

After trying to make a living as a gravedigger, pelt smuggler, and hockey player, Romanian-Hungarian Attila Ambrus turned to a life of crime. Known as the Whiskey Robber because he was often seen drinking whiskey at a pub prior to his heists, Ambrus committed 27 robberies between 1993 and his arrest in 1999. Though he stole about $1,000,000 in total, he became a folk hero for never harming his victims, presenting female bank tellers with flowers prior to robberies, and sending what to police? More...
This Day in History

Louis XIV of France Moves His Court to Versailles (1682)

During his reign, King Louis XIV moved his court and government offices to Versailles. The palace is one of the largest and most lavish ever built. At a time when mirrors were some of the priciest luxury items to acquire, Louis installed an entire hall of them. The grounds feature fountains, reservoirs, sculptures, temples, grottoes, and even two smaller palaces. Louis's motive for the move is thought to have been a desire to more closely monitor the nobility. Why did he feel this was necessary? More...
Today's Birthday

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Feldenkrais was a Russian-born Israeli physicist and engineer who was also an avid soccer player and a judo master. Motivated by a debilitating knee injury of his own, Feldenkrais developed a system to improve body movement and function and reduce pain by increasing self-awareness and re-educating the neuromuscular system. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the Feldenkrais method has gradually gained acceptance. Which statesman did Feldenkrais allegedly teach to stand on his head? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

give (someone) the stink eye

To make a facial expression of unreserved disgust, contempt, disapproval, distrust, or general ill will toward someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Lebanon Martyrs' Day (2022)

Martyrs' Day has been observed as a public holiday since 1970 to honor the fallen heroes of Arab nationalism. The date, May 6, was selected to commemorate the 21 Arab intellectuals who were hanged on that date in 1916 in Beirut, Lebanon, and Damascus, Syria, by an official of the occupying Ottoman Empire. On Martyrs' Day, ceremonies of public commemoration are led by government officials in Beirut at Martyrs' Square, named in honor of the murdered nationalists. Officials and citizens also lay wreaths at martyrs' monuments in Beirut and throughout the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: headache

cephalgia, encephalalgia - Cephalgia and encephalalgia are medical terms for a headache. More...

megrim - Another word for a headache, especially a migraine. More...

shivaree - A mock serenade, it originally meant "headache" in its Latin form. More...

neurasthenia - A disorder characterized by loss of energy, lack of motivation, and feelings of inadequacy, along with vague physical symptoms such as headache or muscle pain. More...

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