Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

uncivil

Definition:(adjective) Lacking civility or good manners.
Synonyms:rude
Usage: Dost think, because you have seen some great ladies rude and uncivil to persons below them, that none of them know how to behave themselves when they come before their inferiors?
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the First Conditional

The first conditional is very similar in structure to the zero conditional. We still use "if" plus the present simple to create the condition, except that we now use what tense to describe a probable result of the condition? More...
Article of the Day

Phantom Eye Syndrome

After the removal of an eye, many patients experience one or more phantom phenomena, including phantom pain, non-painful phantom sensations, or visual hallucinations usually consisting of basic perceptions, such as shapes and colors. Less common than phantom limb pain, which is experienced by 50 to 78 percent of amputees, phantom eye pain develops in only about 30 percent of patients. What factor may cause phantom limb pain to be more common than phantom eye pain? More...
This Day in History

R&B Artist Aaliyah Killed in Airplane Crash (2001)

Signed to a record deal at age 12, Aaliyah became a popular R&B singer with hits such as "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" and "Are You That Somebody." She went on to appear in films, but her skyrocketing career came to a halt when she and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 after filming a music video. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Though the pilot was unlicensed and had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system, the crash was primarily blamed on what other issue? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Stanford (1828)

Jane Stanford was the wife of a prominent American railroad builder and politician. After the death of the couple's only child in 1884, they began looking for ways to honor his memory. The next year, they founded Leland Stanford Junior University, popularly known as Stanford University. When her husband passed away in 1893, Jane stepped in to run the university and saw it through a difficult financial period, at times using her personal finances to fund the school. Who poisoned her in 1905? More...
Quotation of the Day
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

pull a face (at someone)

To make a grimacing or humorously distorted facial expression (at someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Ullambana (Hungry Ghosts Festival) (2018)

A Buddhist and Taoist festival probably dating back to the sixth century, Ullambana is observed in China as well as throughout the rest of eastern Asia. It is believed that during this month the souls of the dead are released from purgatory to roam the earth. Unhappy and hungry spirits may cause trouble and therefore must be placated with offerings. People burn paper replicas of material possessions, believing that this frees these things for the spirits' use. Joss sticks are burned, and offerings of food are placed on tables outside people's homes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: litter

reckling, wallydrag - Reckling and wallydrag are both names for the runt of a litter. More...

farrow - Now the term for a litter of pigs, it originally meant "young pig," from Indo-European porkos. More...

queen - A litter-bearing female cat. More...

tantony - The smallest pig in a litter. More...

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