Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

entomb

Definition:(verb) Place in a grave or tomb.
Synonyms:inhume, inter, lay to rest, bury
Usage: He was entombed here in this crypt alongside his predecessors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional Phrases

A prepositional phrase is made up of at least a preposition and its object, which can be a noun, pronoun, or a noun phrase. What is an adjectival prepositional phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Clinical Lycanthropy

A rare psychiatric syndrome involving the delusion that one can or has transformed into an animal, clinical lycanthropy derives its name from the mythical belief that some humans have the capacity assume the physical characteristics of a wolf, an ability known as lycanthropy. In clinical lycanthropy, patients report transforming into a variety of creatures; thus, the condition is sometimes referred to as zoanthropy. What areas of the brain have been linked to the development of this condition? More...
This Day in History

Antoine Lavoisier Tried, Convicted, and Guillotined (1794)

Known today as the "father of modern chemistry," Lavoisier was among the first to use quantitative methods in chemical investigations. He stated the first version of the Law of Conservation of Mass, named oxygen and discovered its role in combustion, and helped to construct the metric system. Lavoisier also worked to improve economic and social conditions in France. He was beheaded during the Reign of Terror because, as a member of the farmers general, one of his duties was to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Miyoshi Umeki (1929)

Umeki was an Academy Award-winning, Japanese-born actress best known for her roles as Katsumi in the 1957 film Sayonara and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper, in the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father. In 1958, she became the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award when she won an Oscar for her role in Sayonara. She also played the role of Mei Li in both the Broadway and film versions of Flower Drum Song. Where did Umeki begin her performing career? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fool with a heart and no brains is just as unhappy as a fool with brains and no heart.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

storming mad

Exceptionally or uncontrollably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

White Lotus Day (Death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky) (2022)

The anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) is commemorated by members of the Theosophical Society, which was founded in New York in 1875 by Blavatsky and Henry Olcott. Olcott and Blavatsky moved to India in 1878, and the international headquarters for the Theosophical movement remains in Adyar (near Madras) today. She completed her most important work, The Secret Doctrine (1888), an overview of Theosophical teachings, along with numerous other books, before her death in 1891. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thicker

concave lens, convex lens - A concave lens is thinner at the center; a convex lens is thicker at the center. More...

plank, board - A plank is thicker than a board. More...

clotted cream - Cream made thicker and richer by cooking. More...

skin - The term for the thin, tight covering on carrots, potatoes, grapes, and peaches—but also the thicker covering of bananas and avocados. More...

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