Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

mantel

Definition:(noun) The protruding shelf over a fireplace.
Synonyms:chimneypiece, mantelpiece
Usage: There were also perhaps a dozen candles about, two in brass candlesticks upon the mantel and several in sconces, so that the room was brilliantly illuminated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Prepositional Phrases

A prepositional phrase is made up of at least a preposition and its object, which can be a noun, pronoun, or a noun phrase. Often times, the object will have a modifier or modifiers. Where do these appear in the prepositional phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Cursus Honorum

A Latin phrase meaning "course of honors," the cursus honorum was the sequential order of public offices held by politicians in both the Roman Republic and the early Empire. The cursus honorum forbade repeating an office, and it set a minimum age for election to each post and minimum intervals between holding successive offices. However, these rules were often ignored toward the end of the Republic. At what age could candidates be elected to their first official post? More...
This Day in History

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy Mauled by Tiger (2003)

After meeting on a cruise ship in 1959, illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher and exotic animal enthusiast Roy Horn formed a magic act and incorporated exotic animals—most famously big cats—into their shows. They performed thousands of times without major incident until 10 years ago—coincidentally Horn's 59th birthday. It was then that Horn was bitten on the neck by a seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore during a performance. What did Horn reportedly say before being taken to the hospital? More...
Today's Birthday

James Alfred Wight, AKA James Herriot (1916)

After working for many years as a veterinary surgeon in rural England, Wight was persuaded by his wife to write down his collection of anecdotes. His humorous, fictionalized reminiscences were published under the pen name James Herriot in If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1972), issued in the US as the single and massively successful volume All Creatures Great and Small. Why did Wight feel the need to write under a pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

send a shiver down (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Leiden Day (2018)

In 1573, the Dutch city of Leiden (or Leyden) was besieged by the Spaniards. Thousands were dying from disease and hunger; finally, the river dikes were cut so that the Dutch army could sail in over the flooded fields and save the city. According to legend, the first person to emerge from the besieged city on October 3 was a young orphan boy. In the deserted Spanish camp, he discovered a huge pot of stew that was still hot. Known as Hutspot met Klapstuk, the mixture of meat and vegetables is still served on this day, along with bread and herring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stuffed

farctated, farctate - A farctated diner is one who cannot eat another bite; if you are farctate, you are stuffed to the gills or bloated from eating a large meal. More...

pimola - An olive stuffed with sweet red pepper. More...

gefilte fish - Not a species, but a fish loaf made from various kinds of ground fish and other ingredients; the first word is from Yiddish, from German gefullte, "stuffed." More...

pudding - Originally a sausage—the stomach or intestine of a pig, sheep, etc.—stuffed with other food. More...

In the News

Ancient Fossils Reveal the First Humans Emerged 170000 Years Earlier than We Thought

The first modern humans may have emerged up to 350,000 years ago—170,000 years earlier than previously thought. Analysis of ancient DNA has allowed scientists to trace back the ancestry of people from South Africa to determine when our ancestors split ... More...
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