Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

yammer

Definition:(verb) To complain peevishly or whimperingly.
Synonyms:grizzle, yawp, whine
Usage: I refused to do my chores, electing instead to yammer and whine about the injustices of life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Subject

The subject in a sentence or clause is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. Only that which has the grammatical function of a noun can be the subject of a clause. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Ancestor Worship

Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that deceased relatives have a continued existence and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Practiced throughout the world since ancient times, it remains an important component of various religious practices today. In some cultures, the tradition may be more accurately described as ancestor veneration, as it seeks to honor dead relatives' deeds and memories. What are some methods used to worship one's ancestors? More...
This Day in History

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan Is Attacked (1994)

Shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee in an attack that had been planned by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding, one of Kerrigan's rivals for a place on the US Olympic team. Footage of Kerrigan's reaction to the attack was replayed heavily on television, and the story became a media sensation. Despite the injury, Kerrigan won an Olympic silver medal. Harding also performed, but poorly. Kerrigan's image suffered after she made what remarks about the gold medalist? More...
Today's Birthday

Heinrich Schliemann (1822)

As a boy, Schliemann loved Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After making his fortune, he devoted himself at the age of 36 to searching for the ruins of the ancient city of Troy, which played a prominent role in Homer's account of the Trojan War but was believed to be fictional. In 1873, Schliemann not only found the remains of Troy—verifying the Trojan War's place in history—but also uncovered the ruins of several other cities that had been built on the same site. Where did he find Troy? More...
Quotation of the Day
I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

loaf about

To waste time idly; to spend time doing little or nothing. More...
Today's Holiday

Three Kings Day in Native American Pueblos (2018)

Three Kings Day is the day for the installation of new officers and governors at most of the 19 Native American pueblos in New Mexico. The inaugural day begins with a church ceremony during which four walking canes, the symbols of authority, are passed on to the new governor. The governor is honored with a dance, which starts in mid-morning and is usually some form of an animal dance—often the Eagle, Elk, Buffalo, and Deer dances. Spirited and animated, they are considered a form of prayer. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pen

lapsus calami, lapsus memoriae - A lapsus calami is a slip of the pen; a lapsus memoriae is a slip of the memory. More...

ruling pen - A type of pen used in graphic design and calligraphy for drawing precise lines of various thicknesses. More...

nom de plume - Literally "name of the pen," meaning "pseudonym." More...

trait - A stroke of a pen or pencil. More...

In the News

Brush With Death Leads Doctor To Focus On Patient Perspective

The searing abdominal pain came on suddenly while Dr. Rana Awdish was having dinner with a friend. Soon she was lying in the back seat of the car racing to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where Awdish was completing a fellowship in critical care. On ... More...
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