Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

solace

Definition:(verb) To give comfort or cheer to (a person) in time of sorrow or distress.
Synonyms:comfort, console, soothe
Usage: I grieved quietly and solaced myself with the knowledge that she was in a better place.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs are used to describe differences among three or more people or things. We form superlative adverbs by adding the ending "-est" to the base adverb, or by adding what word before the base adverb? More...
Article of the Day

The Portuguese Bank Note Crisis

Perpetrated by Portuguese criminal Alves dos Reis, the Portuguese Bank Note Crisis was one of the largest frauds in history. In 1924, Reis forged a contract that fooled a legitimate print company into printing illegitimate banknotes for him. By the time his scheme was revealed, Reis had introduced into circulation banknotes equivalent to nearly 1% of Portugal's gross domestic product at the time, causing widespread economic and political repercussions. How did he initially cover up his scam? 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
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

In 1545, people in the Mexican highlands starting dying in enormous numbers. People infected with the disease bled and vomited before they died. Many had red spots on their skin. It was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. The 1545 outbreak, and ... More...
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