Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossicle

Definition:(noun) A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear.
Synonyms:bonelet
Usage: Because of their distinctive shapes, the ossicles in the ear are called the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Adverbs

Negative adverbs and negative adverbials are used to modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, or entire clause in a negative way. What are double negatives? More...
Article of the Day

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are generally brief, anonymously written songs or verses intended for children. Though these rhymes are thought to help develop vocabulary and counting skills, scholars have actually linked many of these rhymes to historic events. For example, some believe that "Pop Goes the Weasel" is about silk weavers bringing their shuttles or bobbins (known as "weasels") to pawnbrokers to exchange for drinking money. What event does “Ring a Ring O'Roses” supposedly reference? More...
This Day in History

"Crocodile Hunter" Killed When Stingray Barb Pierces His Heart (2006)

Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Steve Irwin shot to fame with his wildlife documentary television series The Crocodile Hunter, earning an international following with his exuberance and oft-repeated catchphrase "Crikey!". The beloved naturalist was snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, filming a segment for a documentary, when he was fatally pierced in the chest by a poisonous stingray barb. He was just 44 and is survived by his wife and two children. Where is he buried? More...
Today's Birthday

Dadabhai Naoroji (1825)

Naoroji was an Indian nationalist leader who moved to England at age 30 and worked for the improvement of British policies toward India. He wrote and lectured extensively on the "drain" of wealth from India to England, which he saw as the principal cause of Indian poverty. His work helped to stimulate economic nationalism in India, and the younger generation of nationalist leaders hailed him affectionately as the "Grand Old Man of India." He was the first Indian to do what in England? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

Idiom of the Day

make matters worse

To make an already bad, unpleasant, or difficult situation even more so. (Sometimes used as an independent clause in the infinitive form: "to make matters worse.") More...
Today's Holiday

Roman Games (2021)

Like the Plebeian Games, the Roman Games were held in honor of Jupiter. They date back to the dedication of the temple to Jupiter on the Capitoline hill on September 13, 509 BCE, and were originally a one-day event. By the time of Caesar, the Games lasted a full 15 days, beginning on September 4. A grand procession to the Circus Maximus, a huge arena just outside Rome, signaled the beginning of the festival. Events included boxing, running, and wrestling contests, occasional mock battles, and two- and four-horse chariot races. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unexpected

visit, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence. More...

October surprise - An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes. More...

off the wall - Alludes to squash or handball, when a shot comes off the wall at an unexpected or erratic angle. More...

wrong-foot - To disconcert by doing something unexpected. More...

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