Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

misapply

Definition:(verb) Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.
Synonyms:misuse
Usage: Thus they misapply the sacred writings to defend practices yet more corrupt than those I have been speaking of.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs that Show a Result

There are many conjunctive adverbs. To choose the right one, we must consider the relationship between the first and second clause. When the second clause is a result of something that happened in the first clause, we can use "therefore" and what other conjunctive adverbs? More...
Article of the Day

Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylosis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a painful inflammation of several structures in the elbow resulting from overuse of lower arm muscles—those often used while playing tennis and other sports. When wrist muscles in the forearm are repeatedly and forcefully contracted, the stress causes microscopic tears, leading to inflammation. Though associated with sports players, mechanics and carpenters are also at risk for the condition. How is it treated? More...
This Day in History

George Eastman Receives a Patent for His Kodak Camera (1888)

Eastman was an American industrialist, inventor, and philanthropist. Interested in photographic processes from an early age, he invented roll film in 1884 and perfected a camera designed to use it, called the Kodak camera. In 1892, he established the Eastman Kodak Company and began to mass produce his inventions, transforming photography from an expensive hobby of the few to a relatively inexpensive, popular pastime. What was his contribution to the development of motion pictures? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Wright (1908)

Wright was an American author whose works helped redefine discussions of race in the mid-20th century. The grandson of slaves, he grew up in poverty in the American south. The fictionalized autobiography Black Boy (1945) vividly describes his often harsh childhood and youth. He first came to wide attention with a collection of short stories titled Uncle Tom's Children (1938) and published his bestselling novel Native Son two years later. Why was he blacklisted in Hollywood? More...
Quotation of the Day
Before I do anything I feel that I have choice, and that influences what I do; but afterwards, when the thing is done, I believe that it was inevitable from all eternity.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

brood over

To worry anxiously or be despondent about something or someone, especially at great length and in isolation. More...
Today's Holiday

Dasa Laksana Parvan (Paryushana) (2019)

Dasa Laksana Parvan is a Jain festival observed by the Digambara sect, which is the dominant sect in southern India. This festival usually falls during the latter part of the rainy season, and it may last 10 days instead of eight. Scripture readings focus on different portions of the holy text describing the 10 characteristics to which Jains aspire: forbearance, gentleness, uprightness, purity, truth, restraint, austerity, renunciation, lack of possession, and chastity. For the Svetambara Jains, the dominant sect in northern India, this festival is known as Paryushana. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silly

desipient - A fancy way to say "silly, trifling, foolish." More...

fond - First meant "foolish, silly." More...

footle, footling - To footle is to talk or act foolishly, from the old verb meaning "bungle"; as an adjective, footle (or footling) refers to something trifling or silly. More...

simper - To smile in a silly or self-conscious way. More...

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