Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

crass

Definition:(adjective) So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
Synonyms:unrefined
Usage: Jenny's mother was horrified by the crass behavior of the young man whom her daughter had befriended.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Two Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. What are the two dummy pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Dead Sea

The lowest body of water on the surface of the Earth, the Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake bordered by Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. One of the saltiest water bodies in the world, the Dead Sea hosts few life forms. The high salinity makes bathing here a unique experience, as one cannot help but float in its waters. It is also common practice when visiting the Dead Sea to coat one's body with its mineral-rich mud. What health issues do some people believe the Dead Sea and its mud can cure? More...
This Day in History

Terrorist Bombings in London (2005)

On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 52 people—as well as the four bombers—and injuring some 700. The incident was the worst act of terrorism in the UK since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The attacks appeared to be the work of Islamic suicide bombers, and later evidence indicated that they may have been directed by a member of Al Qaeda. Initial reports attributed the explosions to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Marc Chagall (1887)

Chagall was a Belarusian artist often considered a forerunner of the surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1907 and soon blended elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. His Jewish heritage served as a source of great inspiration to him, and images of Jewish life and folklore and biblical themes frequently feature in his art. He explored a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, etching, tapestry, mosaic, and stained glass. Where can his work be seen? More...
Quotation of the Day
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

curse a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanabata (2022)

This Japanese festival is based on a Chinese legend of parted lovers who are identified with two of the brightest stars in the night sky: Vega, representing a weaver-princess, who is permitted by the king to marry the simple cowherd, Altair. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the lovers are able to meet. The festival is observed throughout Japan, with people hanging colorful strips of paper on bamboo branches outside their homes. It is an especially colorful occasion in Sendai, where it occurs a month later, on August 6-8. The whole city is decked out with paper streamers and works of origami. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physician

allopathy, allopath, allopathist - Another word for conventional medical treatment is allopathy; an allopath or allopathist is a physician. More...

pediatrician - Comes from Greek pais/paidos, "child," and iatros, "physician." More...

armamentarium - The equipment of a medical institution or physician. More...

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