Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

lament

Definition:(noun) A song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.
Synonyms:coronach, dirge, requiem, threnody
Usage: And when the Duke's wife died Chaucer wrote a lament which is called the Dethe of Blaunche the Duchess, or sometimes the Book of the Duchess.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives after the Noun

While attributive adjectives are generally found before the noun they modify, especially in simple sentences, there are also many cases in which they are placed immediately after the noun. What are these adjectives called? More...
Article of the Day

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Fabricated or induced illness (FII), originally and more commonly known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, involves a caregiver feigning or inducing an illness in another person, usually to gain control over the victim as well as to elicit attention or sympathy from others. The caregiver is usually a parent, guardian, or spouse, and the victim is usually a vulnerable child or adult. Is FII listed as a recognized mental disorder in the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Hubble Announces Existence of Other Galaxies (1925)

Edwin Hubble worked as a basketball coach and teacher, served in World War I, and studied law before focusing his energies on astronomy. On January 1, 1925, he made a groundbreaking announcement, declaring that fuzzy "nebulae" seen earlier with less powerful telescopes were not part of our galaxy but were actually galaxies themselves. With the findings now known as Hubble's law, he was also the first to provide evidence to support what theory about the universe? More...
Today's Birthday

Betsy Ross (1752)

According to legend, Ross was visited in 1776 by George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband's uncle, George Ross, and asked to make a flag for the new nation based on a sketch by Washington. Although Ross made flags during the American Revolution and was the official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy, the long-accepted story that she designed and made the first US flag—the Stars and Stripes—is generally discredited. Who first publicized the story of Ross making the flag? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

be the pits

To be particularly bad, unfortunate, or awful, especially of a situation or outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Circumcision (Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God) (2019)

The Feast of the Circumcision, which commemorates the circumcision of the infant Jesus on the eighth day after his birth, is known by a number of different names: Roman Catholics, who used to call it the Octave of the Birth of Our Lord or the Circumcision of Jesus, now mark the day as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Episcopalians call it the Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as Jesus was officially given his name on this day. Lutherans refer to it as the Feast of the Circumcision and the Name of Jesus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refrain

ballade - A verse or poem made up of three stanzas of equal length with a recurrent line or refrain at the end of each of the stanzas. More...

condone - From Latin condonare, "refrain from punishing," it does not mean "approve of, endorse"; it means "let something pass without interference even though you probably disapprove," or "pardon, forgive, overlook." More...

burden, refrain, chorus - The burden is the main theme or gist of a speech, book, or argument—or the refrain or chorus of a song. More...

deport - The earliest sense of deport was "bear with; refrain." More...

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