Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 08, 2016)
Word of the Day

sawhorse

Definition:(noun) A frame with legs, used to support pieces of wood being sawed.
Synonyms:buck, horse, sawbuck
Usage: While thus engaged they came to the edge of a wood, and the boy sat down to rest upon an old sawhorse that some woodcutter had left there.
Article of the Day

Lingua Ignota

Lingua Ignota, Latin for “unknown language,” is considered one of the first constructed languages, meaning that it was devised by an individual and did not evolve naturally within a culture. The 12th century abbess Saint Hildegard developed the 23-letter language, describing it in a two-manuscript work containing a 1,011 word glossary. She defines her words in hierarchical order, listing the terms for God and angels before words for humans. What is the language's relationship to Latin? More...
This Day in History

President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares a "War on Poverty" (1964)

During his first State of the Union address, President Johnson outlined a vast program of economic and social welfare legislation designed to create what he termed the "Great Society." As part of this platform, Johnson called for a nationwide "War on Poverty" in response to a high national poverty rate. Johnson's call led Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, legislation that established an agency to administer federal funds targeted against poverty. Did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (1912)

Ferrer was an American actor, director, and producer. He made his Broadway debut in 1935 and gained acclaim playing the starring role in Charley's Aunt (1940) and Iago in a 1943 Broadway production of Othello. A versatile actor with a rich and powerful voice, he appeared in many films, including The Caine Mutiny and Ship of Fools. In 1950, he won an Academy Award for his performance as the title character in what film version of a play that he had also starred in? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. More...
Today's Holiday

Asarah be-Tevet (Fast of the Tenth of Tevet) (2017)

Asarah be-Tevet is a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE that was a prelude to the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at first morning light on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet. In Israel it is also a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. However, Jews outside Israel observe Yom ha-Shoah as Holocaust Memorial Day. More...
In the News

Britain Set for First Mass Strike by Doctors in 40 Years

The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts, potentially the first such strikes for four decades. Junior doctors, or doctors in training who ... More...
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