Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

carouse

Definition:(verb) To engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking.
Synonyms:roister
Usage: They were so happy to be finished with exams that they continued to carouse until morning, when the bartender finally asked them to leave.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs by expressing possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. How many "true" modal auxiliary verbs are there? More...
Article of the Day

The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet is a newspaper featured in the Superman stories of DC Comics. Joe Shuster, Superman's co-creator, based the newspaper on his former employer, The Toronto Daily Star. In the fictional city of Metropolis, Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent, works at the Daily Planet alongside fellow journalist Lois Lane. Though the Daily Planet and its globe-topped building are famous today, the paper had a different name when Superman debuted in 1938. What was it called? More...
This Day in History

First US Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty (1794)

Born in Scotland, Robert Forsyth moved to America as a teen and distinguished himself in the Continental Army. After the Revolutionary War, he was appointed by US President George Washington to be the first US Marshal in the state of Georgia. Forsyth was serving in this capacity when he knocked at the door of Beverly Allen to serve him some court papers. The reluctant recipient shot Forsyth through the door, making him the first US Marshal killed in the line of duty. What happened to Allen? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Stokes Paul (1885)

A militant leader of the US suffrage movement, Paul is best remembered as the author of the Equal Rights Amendment. Written in 1923, the proposed constitutional amendment has been the source of nearly a century of legislative wrangling. While fighting for women's rights, Paul—who earned doctorate degrees in both sociology and law—picketed the White House, was imprisoned, and was force-fed after she staged a hunger strike. Paul was recently selected to appear on a US coin—in place of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

the short and the long of it

The essential or most important point being made; the plain truth of the matter. More...
Today's Holiday

Juturnalia (2018)

According to Virgil, Juturna is the sister of Turnus, king of the Rutuli. In return for her virginity, Jupiter gave her immortality. Afterwards she was turned into a fountain of the same name near the Numicus, the river where Aeneas' dead body was found. The waters from this fountain were used in sacrifices, particularly those in honor of the Roman goddess Vesta, and were believed to have curative powers. On January 11, a festival in honor of Juturna was observed by men working on aqueducts and wells. She was also celebrated at the Vulcanalia on August 23 as a protectress against fire. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: papyrus

volume - Originally the name of a scroll or roll of papyrus, from Latin volvere, "to roll up." More...

bible - Derived from biblios, the name for the papyrus produced in the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos. More...

schedule - Goes back to Greek skhede, for "leaf of papyrus"; it started out meaning a ticket or a brief note. More...

tome - Comes from Greek tomos, "roll of papyrus," and was originally a word for one volume of a larger work. More...

In the News

New Antibiotic Could Stop Superbugs

Scientists this week announced the discovery of an antibiotic that could prove to be effective against drug-resistant infections caused by superbugs like MRSA. The antibiotic, called teixobactin, works by binding to multiple targets, which may slow the resistance process. Derived from uncultured bacteria, teixobactin has been patented by NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals. Although the antibiotic has shown promise in trials on mice, experts say it is yet to be determined whether it will be effective in humans. More...
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