Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

concoct

Definition:(verb) Prepare or cook by mixing ingredients.
Synonyms:cook up
Usage: The witch concocted a sweet-smelling brew that would put the princess to sleep for 100 years.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Job Titles and Familial Roles

Many times, a person may be referred to according to a professional title or familial role instead of by name. In this case, the title is being used as a noun of address and is considered a proper noun, even if it would be a common noun in other circumstances. Should such titles be capitalized? More...
Article of the Day

Fig Wasps

The life cycle of fig wasps is intimately intertwined with that of the fig trees they inhabit. It begins when a female wasp enters the fruit through a natural opening and deposits her eggs inside, pollinating the inner flowers in the process. Next, non-pollinating wasps deposit their eggs. After maturing inside the fig, male offspring's only jobs are to mate with the females—while still within the fig—and chew a hole through which the females can escape. What happens when the males exit the fig? More...
This Day in History

Final Public Execution in the US (1936)

In 1936, convicted rapist Rainey Bethea was sentenced to be hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, at a time when such hangings were conducted publicly. Because the county sheriff supervising the execution was a woman, the case sparked national press coverage, and up to 20,000 spectators gathered to watch the event, the last of its kind in the US. Two years later, the Kentucky legislature officially put an end to public executions. How did newspaper reports depict the hanging? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Pius VII (1742)

Pius VII became pope in 1800, at a time of turmoil for the Catholic Church. A decade earlier, during the early stages of the French Revolution, the National Assembly tried to subordinate the Church to the state. In 1801, Pius and Napoleon negotiated an end to the breach, but relations remained strained. In one notable incident, Napoleon took his crown from the pope's hands during a ceremony and crowned himself. What unusual headgear did Pius VII allegedly wear during his own coronation and why? More...
Quotation of the Day
To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

over the hills and far away

To or at some distant, remote point or location. More...
Today's Holiday

Torta dei Fieschi (2018)

When Count Fieschi of Lavagna in Genoa, Italy, was married in 1240, he invited his guests—and everyone else in town—to share a cake that was more than 30 feet high. The citizens of Lavagna haven't forgotten his generosity, and each year they celebrate the event on August 14. Dressed in costumes, they parade to the town square, where they pin to their clothes a piece of paper (blue for men, white for women) on which a word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of "Fieschi's cake." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trip

trip - A group of goats. More...

rustication - A trip to the country. More...

safari - From Swahili, from Arabic safar, "journey, trip." More...

supplant - Literally means "trip up," from Latin supplantare, "trip up, overthrow." More...

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In the News

Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren't sure where it's coming from - Fox News

A mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) that hit Earth late last month has been detected. While this type of activity is by no means common, it is not unusual. The part that's puzzling scientists is not the radio burst itself, but the fact that its frequency ... More...
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