Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

nightstick

Definition:(noun) A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
Synonyms:truncheon, billy, billy club, billystick, baton
Usage: The policeman ordered the loiterers to disperse, tapping his nightstick for effect.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. Comparative adverbs and comparative adjectives sometimes have the same form. However, even when the forms are the same, how can we tell the difference between the two? More...
Article of the Day

The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Perhaps the most famous lost mine in US history, the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is a legendary gold mine allegedly located in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. It is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz, who, in most versions of the story, was told of the mine's location as a reward for aiding a member of the Peralta mining family. Though many say the mine is a legend, some historians argue that the story has some basis in fact. Whose suspicious death sparked renewed interest in the mine? More...
This Day in History

Otho Begins His 3-Month Reign as Roman Emperor (69 CE)

Otho and Roman Emperor Nero were once friends. Then, Otho's wife became Nero's mistress, and Nero dispatched Otho to the remote province of Lusitania. After patiently governing the province for a decade, Otho joined a revolt against the emperor in 68 CE. Nero committed suicide, and Otho took over. However, a rival soon challenged him for the throne. Just three months into his reign, Otho killed himself, presumably to avoid a civil war in his empire. How did he bid farewell to his friends? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809)

Believed to have been the first person to call himself an anarchist, Proudhon was a French journalist and social theorist best known for his radical assertion that "property is theft." Originally a printer, he joined the socialist movement after moving to Paris in 1838. There, he published radical newspapers and was imprisoned. His writings were deeply influential within the anarchist movement. In his famous essay "What is Government?" how does Proudhon define what it means to be governed? More...
Quotation of the Day
The stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

green folding stuff/money

Paper money, especially in large amounts. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Black Christ of Esquipulas (2017)

For many people in Central and South America, the pilgrimage to the Black Christ of Esquipulas begins well in advance of the January 15 festival. Quite a number make the journey to Esquipulas entirely on foot. Many don wide-brimmed straw hats, to which they attach gray Spanish moss and chiches (breasts), a yellow fruit that resembles a gourd; those making the journey from Quetzaltenango blacken their hands with the juice from a special fruit. Ceremonial sites resembling altars, built from rocks brought by pilgrims, are scattered through the hills surrounding Esquipulas. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poison

alexipharmic - Another word for an antidote, from Greek alexein, "ward off," and pharmakon, "poison." More...

toxic - Comes from Greek toxikon pharmakon, "poison for arrows," from toxon, "bow." More...

venom - Comes from Latin venenum, the love potion Venus used to attract people to each other—but later came to describe "poison." More...

virus - A Latin word meaning "poison" or "slimy liquid," it first meant "venom of a snake." More...

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