Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

neoplasm

Definition:(noun) An abnormal new growth of tissue in animals or plants.
Synonyms:tumor
Usage: The doctor explained that a biopsy would be needed in order to determine whether the neoplasm is benign or malignant.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ambitransitive Verbs

Some action verbs can be both transitive and intransitive, depending on the context of the sentence or what information the speaker wishes to include. These are sometimes known as "ambitransitive verbs." What are some examples of ambitransitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Song Yingxing

Song Yingxing was a Chinese scientist who authored an encyclopedia covering a wide variety of technical subjects during the late Ming Dynasty. Published in 1637, Tiangong KaiwuExploitation of the Works of Nature—was divided into chapters with broad themes, including agriculture, transportation, papermaking, and the use of gunpowder weapons. Although other encyclopedias had been previously published, Tiangong Kaiwu was distinguished by its substantial inclusion of what? More...
This Day in History

The Maze Prison Escape (1983)

Maze Prison was a high-security prison in Northern Ireland that housed incarcerated members of the Irish Republican Army during the Troubles. In 1983, the Maze suffered the biggest jailbreak in British history. Using smuggled guns and knives, 38 prisoners overpowered prison guards and hijacked a food truck. One prison officer died during the escape and several others were wounded. Although half of the escapees were soon recaptured, the remaining 19 got away. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Shel Silverstein (1932)

Silverstein was an American cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Often compared to Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated innovative books of verse for children, including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree. His quirky verse, which touches on common childhood anxieties and wishes, is credited with helping youngsters develop an appreciation for poetry. What hit song, performed by Johnny Cash, was written by Silverstein? More...
Quotation of the Day
Terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken—only felt and endured.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) nerves are shot

One is mentally or emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, or overwrought. More...
Today's Holiday

James Dean Festival (2020)

James Dean (1931–1955), the legendary film actor and star of Rebel Without a Cause, remains the subject of adulation even decades after his early death. The star's hometown of Fairmount, Indiana, contributes to the ongoing tribute by dedicating an annual four-day festival to the icon. Thousands of fans survey Dean memorabilia and his personal items. Additional events include free showings of the star's most celebrated films, a James Dean look-alike contest, fashion shows, and a trivia contest. Another tradition, the James Dean Car Show, has existed since 1980. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: purposes

all intents and purposes - A redundant phrase, created for emphasis. More...

blamestorming - An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. More...

celebrant, celebrator, reveler - Celebrants take part in religious ceremonies; celebrators or revelers gather for purposes of revelry. More...

teleology - The study of design in nature; the word's basic meaning is "the study of ends or purposes"—attempts to understand the purpose of a natural occurrence by looking at its results. More...

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