Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

concurrence

Definition:(noun) The temporal property of two things happening at the same time.
Synonyms:conjunction, co-occurrence, coincidence
Usage: In order that the will of Napoleon and Alexander (on whom the event seemed to depend) should be carried out, the concurrence of innumerable circumstances was needed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs. They consist of a verb followed by what? More...
Article of the Day

The Production Code

In 1922, after a number of scandals involving Hollywood personalities, film industry leaders formed the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America to counteract the threat of government censorship. Its first president, Will H. Hays, developed a Production Code—also known as the Hays Code—that detailed what was morally acceptable on screen. The code was enforced until it was supplanted by a voluntary rating system in 1966. What specific things did the code outlaw? More...
This Day in History

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Launched (1967)

By the time Cunard's RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, ocean liner was built, airplanes had already largely supplanted ships for transatlantic travel. Thus, the vessel needed to be more efficient and versatile than her predecessors in the fleet. During her 39 years in service, she completed 806 transatlantic crossings, ferrying 2.5 million passengers across nearly six million miles of ocean. During what war was she pressed into service as a troop carrier? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Kenny (1880)

After breaking her wrist as a young girl, Kenny developed an interest in medicine and eventually became a nurse. While treating polio victims in her native Australia, she devised a treatment using hot compresses and passive exercise that differed drastically from the usual approach of immobilization. Kenny later brought her controversial treatment to the US, where it was initially met with skepticism but was ultimately accepted. What actor attributes his recovery from polio to these treatments? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

ride the rail(s)

To travel on a vehicle mounted on rails (especially a train or streetcar). More...
Today's Holiday

Paris Autumn Festival (Festival d'Automne) (2018)

The Autumn Festival marks the start of the city's cultural season, encompassing film, photography and other contemporary arts on an international scale. Most of the theater presentations are experimental, and they have included productions from the United States, West Berlin, Denmark, Poland, and the former U.S.S.R. Composers whose works have been performed there include Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, John Cage and Iannis Zenakis, and it has featured the New York Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestre de Paris. Events are held in locations throughout Paris. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: messenger

apostle - Comes from Greek apostolos, "messenger." More...

bode - Boda is messenger in Germanic, hence "bode"; at first, a bode was a command—then an omen or premonition. More...

enunciate - Derives from Latin nuntius, "messenger." More...

angel - The word angel was one of the earliest Germanic adoptions from Latin; originally from Greek aggelos, "messenger," it first meant "hireling" or "messenger." More...

In the News

Doctors push ban on baby walkers

Babies in the U.S. are being injured in infant walkers at a rate of more than five per day, a new study finds. While the number of injuries has dropped significantly over the last three decades, there are still far too many, researchers say. Between ... More...
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