Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 18, 2020)
Word of the Day

merriment

Definition:(noun) High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.
Synonyms:fun, playfulness
Usage: All merriment was now at an end, and the subsequent discourse consisted only of grave relations of matters of fact.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "If Only" Instead of "Wish"

To express a desire that is more fanciful, unrealistic, or that we consider to be ideal, we can use "if only" instead of "I wish" to add more emphasis to the desire. In this construction, what happens to the subjunctive verb? More...
Article of the Day

Wookey Hole Caves

The Wookey Hole Caves of Southwest England have been visited by humans for some 50,000 years for uses ranging from shelter and burial to aging cheddar cheese. They were not extensively explored until the past century, however, because most of the passages are underwater. Archeologists have since discovered Iron-Age artifacts and evidence of a Romano-British cemetery there. One well-known feature of the caves is the Witch of Wookey Hole, a rock formation supposedly explained by what local legend? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

a hot hand

A continuous period of great success, luck, or fortune; a winning streak. More...
Today's Holiday

Carinthian Summer Music Festival (2020)

For six weeks spanning July and August, the world's most renowned conductors and orchestras perform in various locations in the Austria's southernmost province, Carinthia. Ossiach Abbey, an 11th-century monastery, has remained a main venue site since it hosted the first Carinthian festival, in 1969. Ensembles play at the abbey's church and its baroque hall, Villach's Congress Centre, and Glanegg Castle, as well as other scenic settings throughout the mountainous province. The Festival has built its musical reputation on the rare genre known as the "church opera." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: meteor

astrobleme - A crater caused by a meteor. More...

aerolithology - The study of meteors. More...

meteorite - A meteor that survives and makes it to a planet; types of meteorites include siderites/irons, aerolites/stones, and siderolites (iron/stone). More...

falling star - Another name for meteor or shooting star. More...

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