Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

digression

Definition:(noun) A message that departs from the main subject.
Synonyms:divagation, excursus, parenthesis, aside
Usage: The lecture on animal behavior was interesting until the professor indulged in a long digression about his beloved dog.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs

Factitive verbs are used to indicate the resulting condition or state of a person, place, or thing caused by the action of the verb. What is this resulting condition or state known as? More...
Article of the Day

Offal

Considered either waste material or delicacy, depending on the cultural context, offal is the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal. It is prepared and consumed in a myriad of ways throughout the world. In the Philippines, pig intestines are used to make a type of blood sausage called Dinuguan, and in Pakistan, livers, brains, and kidneys are components of Taka-Tak. Scotland's haggis is a boiled mix of sheep's liver, heart, and lungs stuffed in what other organ? More...
This Day in History

The Aleppo Earthquake (1138 CE)

The ancient city of Aleppo was besieged twice by Crusaders in the early 12th century, but little did residents know that worse was yet to come. Located on the boundary between the Arabian and African geologic plates in what is now northern Syria, the city was hit by a small earthquake on October 10, 1138, prompting some residents to flee. The next day, Aleppo was rocked by one of the deadliest earthquakes in recorded history. It destroyed the city and the nearby Crusader citadel. How many died? More...
Today's Birthday

François Mauriac (1885)

The strict Catholic upbringing of Nobel Prize-winning French writer François Mauriac had a profound impact on his literary output. His austere, psychological novels, for which he is best known, often grapple with the problems of sin, grace, and salvation, as exemplified in Vipers' Tangle, his masterpiece. He also wrote polemical works against totalitarianism and fascism in the 1930s, worked with the Resistance during World War II, and later wrote the foreword of what Holocaust memoir? More...
Quotation of the Day
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

slanging match

A bitter argument or dispute in which each side hurls numerous insults, accusations, or verbal abuse at one another. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (2018)

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the world's largest gatherings of hot-air balloonists. More than 1,000 balloons, some more than six-stories high, present dizzying colors and designs in the skies of New Mexico for a nine-day fiesta between the first two weekends of October that attracts nearly a million spectators. Besides the daytime ascensions, illuminated balloons light up the night skies. The fiesta also boasts fireworks and food of all sorts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rib

costa - A rib or riblike structure. More...

coast - First meant "side of the body," from Latin costa, "flank, rib, side." More...

cutlet - Not based on "cut," but rather on Latin costa, "rib," which later became French costelette, "little rib piece." More...

reef - From Old Norse rif, "rib." More...

In the News

New Fault Discovered in Southern California near the San Andreas

Scientists' knowledge of the geology of southern California has been shaken up by the discovery of a new faultline that runs parallel to the San Andreas. Located by the shallow, inland Salton Sea and to the west of the San Andreas fault, the new fault ... More...
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