Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 28, 2019)
Word of the Day

inextirpable

Definition:(adjective) Difficult or impossible to eradicate or destroy.
Synonyms:inexterminable
Usage: Some weeds seem inextirpable, but they all have at least one weakness that may be exploited.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative adjectives describe the attribute of a person or thing that is the highest (or lowest) in degree compared to the members of the noun’s group. What suffix is added to the end of an adjective to form a superlative adjective? More...
Article of the Day

Laying on of Hands

In a number of faiths and spiritual practices, the act of laying hands on a person's head is used to confer spiritual blessing. In Christianity, the practice is used as both a symbolic and formal method of invoking the Holy Spirit during baptisms, healing services, blessings, and ordinations of priests and other church officers, along with a variety of other church sacraments and holy ceremonies. Laying on of hands was also practiced by European kings and was believed to cure what disease? More...
This Day in History

Horace Walpole Coins the Word "Serendipity" (1754)

Defined as the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident, the word "serendipity" was first coined in 1754 by English author Horace Walpole in one of his more than 3,000 letters. In it, he explains that the root of his new word is taken from "The Three Princes of Serendip," a Persian fairytale about princes who "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of." Past serendipitous discoveries include x-rays, helium, and what else? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz (1890)

Stroud was a convicted murderer serving time in prison when he came across some injured sparrows in the Leavenworth prison yard. He kept the birds and soon began raising canaries, which he could sell for supplies and to help support his mother. Using equipment furnished by a new warden, Stroud created an aviary and became an expert in avian pathology, writing 2 books on the subject and even developing a cure for hemorrhagic septicemia. How much of his sentence was spent in solitary confinement? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

take a walk on the wild side

To engage in risky, raucous, adventurous, or licentious behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2019)

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a celebration of the old tradition of cowboy poetry in the buckaroo town of Elko, Nevada. The gathering, which began in 1985 with about 50 working cowboys, has become a six-day affair in the last week of January that now includes folk-music concerts, western dances, exhibits of cowboy gear, and workshops not only on writing but also on such topics as horse-hair braiding and photography. Poetry remains the heart of the festival, and the poets—all working ranch people—include men, women, and children. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sudden

all of a sudden - Is the grammatically correct version; do not say "all of the sudden." More...

coup de main - A sudden and unexpected movement or attack. More...

sudden - From Latin sub-, "up to," and ire, "come, go," making subitus, "come or go up stealthily." More...

vicissitude - A sudden or unexpected change in life. More...

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