Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

bedeck

Definition:(verb) To adorn or ornament in a showy fashion.
Synonyms:bedight, deck
Usage: It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as "ellipsis points" ( . . . ). What is the ellipsis used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

The Loudness War

The music industry's tendency to record, produce, and broadcast music at progressively increasing levels of loudness to create a distinct sound is known as the Loudness War. Because the maximum amplitude of recorded music cannot be increased, overall loudness can only be boosted by reducing the dynamic range of source audio and distorting recordings, leading to complaints from some audiophiles. What 1997 remix of a 1973 album is considered by some to be the loudest rock CD ever recorded? More...
This Day in History

Ötzi the Iceman Is Discovered by German Tourists (1991)

In 1991, two hikers discovered a well-preserved corpse trapped in ice near the border between Austria and Italy. It proved to be that of a man who lived about 5,300 years ago—making it the oldest natural mummy ever found. He was nicknamed Ötzi, for the Ötztal Alps where he was found. Also recovered were clothes, shoes, tools, weapons, fire-starting materials, and medicine. Scientists have since determined that Ötzi ate about eight hours before his death. What did he eat, and how did he die? More...
Today's Birthday

Lajos Kossuth (1802)

Now considered a national hero, Kossuth was a Hungarian revolutionary who favored dissolving the union between the Hungarian and Austrian crowns. The fiery orator was a principal figure of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. Appointed provisional governor, he soon became virtual dictator. In 1849, Russian armies intervened in favor of Austria, forcing him to resign. He fled to Turkey and later to Italy, where he watched as Hungary reconciled with the Austrian monarchy. What did he do while in exile? More...
Quotation of the Day
Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

be losing it

To start becoming crazy, insane, or mentally unstable. More...
Today's Holiday

Samuel Johnson Commemoration (2020)

Samuel Johnson, the English lexicographer, writer, critic, and conversationalist, was born on this day in 1709. His hometown of Lichfield commemorates its most famous citizen by laying a laurel wreath at the foot of his statue, after which the cathedral choir sings religious songs and intones Dr. Johnson's final prayer on the steps of his birth house. In the evening, there is a candlelight supper based on Dr. Johnson's favorite meal: steak-and-kidney pudding with mushrooms or mutton. The guests are served ale and hot punch by people dressed in costumes of the 18th century. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mice

murine - Means "pertaining to mice or rodents." More...

muscle - Comes from Latin musculus, "little mouse," as the ancient Romans thought their muscles wriggled like mice. More...

mussel - Also gets its name from Latin musculus. More...

dormouse - A rodent but not a mouse, it may be a corrupted form of French dormeus, "sleepy." More...

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