Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

arborist

Definition:(noun) A specialist in the care of woody plants, especially trees.
Synonyms:tree surgeon
Usage: The arborist informed the homeowners that the sick tree would need to be cut down.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Might

The modal verb "might" is most often used to express an unlikely or uncertain possibility. How is "might" used in reported speech? More...
Article of the Day

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that infest dwellings and bedding and feed on human blood. They emit an unpleasant-smelling oily secretion from two glands on their undersurface; but more unpleasant than a bedbug's odor is its bite, which can cause irritation, itching, welts, and swelling. Contrary to popular belief, poor housekeeping does not invite bedbugs; they are attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide. What should be done to combat an infestation? More...
This Day in History

Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile (1954)

Bannister was a British medical student when he became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes—a barrier many experts had long considered unbreakable. His official time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Australia's John Landy and New Zealand's Peter Snell bettered the record that year, but in August, Bannister defeated Landy at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, clocking 3:58.8 in a thrilling race. For his accomplishments, Bannister became the first to earn what honor? More...
Today's Birthday

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Feldenkrais was a Russian-born Israeli physicist and engineer who was also an avid soccer player and a judo master. Motivated by a debilitating knee injury of his own, Feldenkrais developed a system to improve body movement and function and reduce pain by increasing self-awareness and re-educating the neuromuscular system. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the Feldenkrais method has gradually gained acceptance. Which statesman did Feldenkrais allegedly teach to stand on his head? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

set in cement

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

Hidrellez Festival (2021)

The Hidrellez Festival is observed in Turkey every May 6. It is marked as the day that two prophets, Hizir and Ilyas, met each other on Earth; the word Hidrellez is a fusing of the two names. The festival is a joyous celebration of the coming of spring. People prepare for Hidrellez by thoroughly cleaning their homes; they also purchase fresh new clothes to wear for the Hidrellez Festival, and prepare special food, such as fresh lamb or lamb's liver. On Hidrellez night, people leave purses and pantries open and put out food bowls, in the belief that Hizir will bring abundance to the homes he visits. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: host

host - One of its early senses was "army." More...

harbinger - Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host. More...

table d' hote, prix fixe - Table d' hote, literally "table of the host," is a complete meal with specified courses for a set price—and means the same as prix fixe. More...

French leave - Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess. More...

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