Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

meretricious

Definition:(adjective) Attracting attention in a vulgar manner.
Synonyms:flashy, garish, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, tacky
Usage: The town's tasteful welcome sign was replaced with a meretricious monstrosity, a blinking neon tower.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Pronouns

Pronouns are words that are used in place of nouns in a sentence. The noun being replaced is known as the antecedent of the pronoun. Pronouns can be the subject of a sentence or clause, the object of a verb, or they can follow linking verbs to rename or re-identify the subject, which is known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Emeril Lagasse

Lagasse is a celebrity chef and restaurateur. He gained fame when his restaurant, "Emeril's," in New Orleans, Louisiana, was named Esquire magazine's "Restaurant of the Year" in 1990. He went on to become the host of the popular TV shows The Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live. Lagasse delivered his cajun-and-creole-based recipes with catchphrases like “BAM!” and “Kick it up a notch!” He has also starred in his own sitcom and voiced a character in what Disney film? More...
This Day in History

HMS Dreadnought Is Launched (1906)

The HMS Dreadnought of the Royal Navy was a battleship that revolutionized naval power when it entered service in 1906. Dreadnought represented such a marked advance in naval technology that its name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the "dreadnoughts," as well as the class of ships named for it, while the generation of ships it made obsolete became known as "pre-dreadnoughts." What features made the Dreadnought so advanced? More...
Today's Birthday

Boris Pasternak (1890)

Pasternak was a Russian author whose novel Doctor Zhivago, an epic of wandering, spiritual isolation and love amid the harshness of the revolution and its aftermath, became a bestseller in the West but was circulated only in secrecy in the Soviet Union until 1987. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but he was forced to decline it because of Soviet opposition to his work. Why was Pasternak's name said to have been crossed off an execution list by Joseph Stalin? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

winning ways

One's charming, endearing, or likeable personality or demeanor. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck (2015)

This feast is a commemoration in Malta of the shipwreck of St. Paul on the island in 60 CE, an event described in the New Testament. Paul was a prisoner on a ship, and when storms drove the ship aground, Paul was welcomed by the "barbarous people" (meaning they were not Greco-Romans). According to legend, he got their attention when a snake bit him on the hand but did him no harm, and he then healed people of diseases. Paul is the patron saint of Malta and snakebite victims. The day is a public holiday observed with family gatherings and religious ceremonies and processions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: healing

balsam - First referred to an aromatic resinous substance with healing or soothing properties. More...

healing, curing - Healing is a process in which an organism's health is restored; curing is a method that promotes healing. More...

psychiatry - From Greek psykhe, "mind," and iatreia, "healing." More...

salve - The main semantic element is "healing," but the etymological meaning is "oily substance." More...

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