Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

polemic

Definition:(noun) A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
Synonyms:tirade, diatribe
Usage: He launched into the polemic, not caring whom he offended or won over, intent only on getting his point across.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Object Complements

An object complement is a word or group of words that describes, renames, or completes the direct object of the verb. Which parts of speech can be object complements? More...
Article of the Day

Guided Missiles

A guided missile is a self-propelled, unmanned space or air vehicle whose path can be adjusted during flight, either by automatic self-contained controls or remote human control. Often propelled by rockets and carrying explosive warheads, guided missiles were first developed for military applications by the Germans, who employed V-1 and V-2 missiles in World War II. They have since become the key strategic and tactical weapon of modern warfare. What are some other types of missiles? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Khe Sanh Begins (1968)

Located near the demilitarized zone that marked the border between North and South Vietnam, Khe Sanh was the site of a protracted battle during the Vietnam War. It involved months of near-constant artillery attacks on the local US Marine base, matched by a bombing barrage of surrounding areas by US planes. The US forces retained the base but gained no advantage, and both sides suffered heavy casualties. Why do some historians believe the North Vietnamese never intended to capture the base? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophia Jex-Blake (1840)

In 1858, Jex-Blake enrolled in college against the wishes of her parents. She struggled to find a medical school that would accept women, and though she persuaded the University of Edinburgh to admit her, she could not graduate. She took her fight to Parliament, which passed a law enabling women to receive medical degrees. Jex-Blake founded two medical schools for women, and, after obtaining her degree in 1877, became the third female doctor in the UK. What became of her Edinburgh home? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

long since

Long ago; of the (relatively) distant past. More...
Today's Holiday

Barrow Day (2018)

This national public holiday honors Barbados' first prime minister. Errol Barrow was born in 1920, earned a law degree in England, then returned to Barbados. He became finance minister in 1959 and prime minister in 1961. He was reelected in 1966 and, soon after, Barbados became independent of Great Britain. Barrow was voted out in 1976, but regained office in 1986; he died the next year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: links

cuff link - Links the split cuff of a shirt. More...

portal - An Internet site offering a directory of links to other sites. More...

latch - Once was a loop or noose; a latch of links was a string of sausages. More...

vincula - Links, ties, and bonds. More...

In the News

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit over Disputed Painting

A British man's negligence lawsuit against Sotheby's has been dismissed despite his claims that the auction house's experts did not do enough research when they sold a painting for him in 2006. At the time, the owner was assured by Sotheby's that the painting he was selling was a copy of the Italian master Caravaggio's The Cardsharps. The piece sold for 42,000 pounds to a Caravaggio expert, who later declared it to be the work of the master himself and worth 10 million pounds. Scholars disagree about whether the painting is by Caravaggio or one of his followers. More...
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