Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

ophthalmologist

Definition:(noun) A medical doctor specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye.
Synonyms:oculist, eye doctor
Usage: The ophthalmologist asked the patient to read letters off of a chart posted across the room.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement with Uncountable Nouns

Because uncountable nouns cannot be plural, it is very important to use the correct subject-verb agreement. What form of a verb must uncountable nouns take? More...
Article of the Day

Hells Angels

The Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club was formed in Fontana, CA, in 1948; the local chapter remains active, but the club's popularity and membership has since expanded worldwide. The name, taken from the movie Hell's Angels, has come to represent the epitome of 1960s biker counterculture. Members have been known to engage in illegal activities, but the club rejects any criminal responsibility. What unlikely company was recently sued by the club for copyright infringement? More...
This Day in History

K2 Is Summited for the First Time (1954)

Rising 28,251 ft (8,611 m) between China and Pakistan, K2 is the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest. Severe storms make K2 more dangerous to climb, however, and it has never been summited in winter. Measured in 1856, it was not summited until nearly 100 years later. In 1954, Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the top with the help of crew members who carried oxygen to above 26,245 feet (8,000 m). What thwarted an American attempt just one year earlier? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (1396)

A man of shifting alliances, Philip the Good ruled Burgundy at the height of its prestige and presided over one of Europe's most lavish courts. After his father was murdered during a meeting with the dauphin of France—the future King Charles VII—Philip formed an alliance with England but then broke it to recognize Charles as king and gain French favor. Phillip soon turned on Charles, however, sheltering his rebellious son, the eventual King Louis XI. Who was captured by Phillip's troops in 1430? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

on (someone's) wrong side

Displeasing to someone; provoking someone's anger, contempt, or dismissal. More...
Today's Holiday

Merengue Festival (2018)

The merengue is a lively Caribbean dance that originated in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The world's most famous merengue festival takes place in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, where outdoor stages are set up along the city's waterfront, and top bands play merengue music while couples swirl and shake to the fast-paced, pulsating rhythms. In addition to watching the performances and competitions among merengue dancers, festivalgoers can enjoy the music of DJs and bands on the street, imbibe rum and beer, and eat the signature pork sandwiches, chimichurris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inherent

imminent, immanent - Imminent is "about to happen" and immanent is "inherent" or "pervading the material world." More...

intrinsic - Latin intrinsecus, "on the inside," came to be the English intrinsic, "inner, internal" and "inherent." More...

proper - First meant "inherent, intrinsic." More...

innate, inherent - The word innate means "inborn" and should apply to living things; inherent is "essential, intrinsic" and applies best to nonliving things like ideas. More...

In the News

Two Thumbs Up: Boy Gets New Hands!

A team of doctors at Penn Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has successfully performed the world's first double hand transplant on a child. The surgery itself is miraculous, but it's the heart and spirit of the little recipient grabbing ... More...
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