Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015)
Word of the Day

cesspit

Definition:(noun) A pit for refuse or sewage.
Synonyms:sump, sink, cesspool
Usage: The cesspit smelled foul, but without it all the refuse would have been strewn around the town.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conditional Verbs

Conditional verbs are used in conditional sentences, which express something that might happen, depending on whether or not a particular condition is met. To denote such a condition, what word is commonly used with one of the verbs in a conditional sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Medina

Medina is a city in Saudi Arabia, 110 mi (177 km) inland from the Red Sea in a well-watered oasis where fruit, dates, vegetables, and grain are raised. Muhammad gained control of the city in 622 and used it as a base for converting and conquering Arabia. It grew rapidly until 661, when the Umayyad dynasty transferred the capital of the caliphate to Damascus. Pilgrimages to Mecca usually include a side trip to Medina, where the Prophet's Mosque houses the tombs of what important Islamic figures? More...
This Day in History

Russian State Library Founded (1862)

The Russian State Library in Moscow is the largest library in Europe and the second largest in the world, behind the Library of Congress. Its collection of more than 43 million items in 248 languages includes more than 17 million books, brochures, and serials; 13 million journals; and 650,000 newspapers. Its specialized collections feature maps, art publications, printed music, and manuscripts. The library was named after what Russian revolutionary before being given its current name in 1992? More...
Today's Birthday

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweiss (1818)

Semmelweiss was a Hungarian physician who pioneered the use of antiseptics in obstetrical clinics. While working at a Vienna hospital, he became convinced that physicians were transmitting puerperal fever, also called childbed fever, to patients and began insisting that doctors thoroughly cleanse their hands. Though this greatly reduced the mortality rate from infection in childbirth, he was widely ridiculed by his colleagues and left Vienna. When was the value of his work finally recognized? More...
Quotation of the Day
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

fire hose

A strong, heavy stream of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Canada Day (2016)

The British North America Act went into effect on July 1, 1867, uniting Upper Canada (now called Ontario), Lower Canada (now Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a British dominion. Canadians celebrate this day with parades and picnics, somewhat similar to Fourth of July festivities in the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, which are on opposite sides of the Detroit River and are connected by a tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge, this is also one of the days on which the International Freedom Festival is held. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: madness

ire, rage, fury - Ire suggests greater intensity than anger, rage suggests loss of self-control, and fury is destructive rage verging on madness. More...

mania - Based on a Greek word meaning "madness," ultimately from an Indo-European root for "mind." More...

rage - Traces back to Latin rabia, an alteration of rabies, meaning "fury, madness." More...

woodness - Madness or insanity, from Old English wood, "out of one's mind." More...

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