Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

quondam

Definition:(adjective) Belonging to some prior time.
Synonyms:erstwhile, one-time, sometime, former, old
Usage: The employers' associations, that had helped the captains of industry to tear and rend labor, were now torn and rent by their quondam allies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Generic "You"

The second-person pronouns are also often used to indicate an unspecified person. This is sometimes referred to as "generic you," "impersonal you," or "indefinite you." This is less formal than its counterpart, the pronoun "one," but it is sometimes preferred. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Water Memory

The idea that water can retain a "memory" of a substance dissolved in it even after heavy dilution was proposed by French immunologist Jacques Benveniste to explain the alleged therapeutic powers of homeopathic remedies, which are prepared by serially diluting aqueous solutions to such a degree that even a single molecule of the original solute is unlikely to remain in each final preparation. He successfully tested his theory in 1988, but attempts to reproduce his results have failed. Why? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Battleship Yamato Sunk (1945)

The largest battleship ever constructed, the Yamato was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. After taking part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato was sunk during Operation Ten-Go, the last major Japanese naval operation in the Pacific Theater, while on its way to face the Allied fleet at Okinawa. How did the Allies know about the planned attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890)

A journalist and conservationist, Douglas lived to the age of 108. A turning point in her long life came in 1947, when her book, The Everglades: River of Grass was published. It sounded an early warning of the environmental perils facing the Florida Everglades. Everglades National Park was established that same year. Douglas cofounded Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and is widely credited with helping to slow the destruction of the swamp ecosystem. Where were her ashes scattered? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clothes have more effect upon us than we imagine. Our deportment depends upon our dress.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day (2021)

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hearth

focaccia bread - Italian for "bread baked in the hearth." More...

fuel - Traces back to Latin focalis, "hearth." More...

scar - Traces back to Greek eskhara, "hearth" or "scab." More...

hearth - The floor of a fireplace as well as the area in front. More...

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