Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

arborist

Definition:(noun) A specialist in the care of woody plants, especially trees.
Synonyms:tree surgeon
Usage: The arborist informed the homeowners that the sick tree would need to be cut down.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection (change in form) of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. How does declension differ from conjugation? More...
Article of the Day

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that infest dwellings and bedding and feed on human blood. They emit an unpleasant-smelling oily secretion from two glands on their undersurface; but more unpleasant than a bedbug's odor is its bite, which can cause irritation, itching, welts, and swelling. Contrary to popular belief, poor housekeeping does not invite bedbugs; they are attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide. What should be done to combat an infestation? More...
This Day in History

Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile (1954)

Bannister was a British medical student when he became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes—a barrier many experts had long considered unbreakable. His official time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Australia's John Landy and New Zealand's Peter Snell bettered the record that year, but in August, Bannister defeated Landy at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, clocking 3:58.8 in a thrilling race. For his accomplishments, Bannister became the first to earn what honor? More...
Today's Birthday

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Feldenkrais was a Russian-born Israeli physicist and engineer who was also an avid soccer player and a judo master. Motivated by a debilitating knee injury of his own, Feldenkrais developed a system to improve body movement and function and reduce pain by increasing self-awareness and re-educating the neuromuscular system. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the Feldenkrais method has gradually gained acceptance. Which statesman did Feldenkrais allegedly teach to stand on his head? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

nature's way of (doing something)

A natural biological process by which something is done or accomplished. More...
Today's Holiday

Sunday School Day (Faka-Me) (2018)

In the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, many of whose inhabitants are Methodist, the first Sunday in May is known as Faka Me, or Sunday School Day. The children rise early put on the new clothes that their mothers have made: valas, or kilts, for the boys and new dresses for the girls. Then they all go to church, where the youngest children sing a hymn or recite a verse of scripture in front of the congregation and the older children present biblical dramas. At the feast that always follows a church service, a variety of Polynesian specialties are served to the children by the adults. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

In the News

Dirty Scopes Linked to More Hospital Deaths

Three patients reportedly died last year at a Southern California hospital in a bacterial outbreak linked to contaminated medical scopes. Officials at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena confirmed in August that three patients were sickened but declined to ... More...
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