Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 8, 2015)
Word of the Day

cutoff

Definition:(noun) A route shorter than the usual one.
Synonyms:shortcut, crosscut
Usage: My father claimed he knew a great cutoff, but it turned out to be longer than our original route.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicative Adjectives

A predicative adjective (or predicate adjective) is used in the predicate of a clause to describe either the subject of the clause or the direct object. Predicative adjectives that describe the subject of the clause will follow a linking verb. In such cases, they are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

The Poison Dart Frog

These frogs belong to the family Dendrobatidae, a group of small, diurnal, often brightly colored frogs native to Central and South America. These frogs secrete poisonous alkaloids through their skin, which ranges in color from bright orange to black and blue. Most poison frogs are not toxic to humans or animals, but a few secrete a potent neurotoxin that can kill within minutes. Why is it that poison frogs captured from the wild and fed a typical captive diet lose their toxicity? More...
This Day in History

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Opens Its Doors (1837)

The first of the Seven Sisters—traditionally female colleges often considered the equivalent to the historically male-dominated Ivy League—Mount Holyoke is one of the oldest women's colleges in the US. It was founded by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education, in the midst of a movement that created unprecedented new educational opportunities for women in the US. Many colleges were later modeled on Mount Holyoke. What unusual feature did each dorm room at the seminary originally have? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Day (1897)

Day was an American journalist, Christian anarchist, and social reformer. She originally wrote for the New York socialist journals The Call and The Masses. After the birth of her daughter in 1927, she converted to Catholicism, cofounded The Catholic Worker, and started a movement to aid the urban poor. Although her outspoken pacifist views were criticized by Catholic conservatives, she influenced Catholic liberals. What honor did she receive 20 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2017)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: servants

livery - A company's distinctive color scheme or emblem on vehicles is called the livery; livery first referred to the dispensing of clothes, food, or provisions to servants. More...

gardyloo - A warning cry derived from French gare de l'eau, "beware of the water"—referring to the water and slops that were once thrown by servants from higher stories of a building onto the street. More...

servants' quarters - In Victorian days, they were usually referred to as below stairs; above stairs was the realm of the family. More...

family - First referred to the servants of a household and then to both the servants and the descendants of a common ancestor. It comes from Latin familia, "household; household servants," which came from another Latin term, famulus, "servant." It was not until 1667 that the term was used specifically for parents and their children. More...

In the News

Balloon You Can Swallow Fights Obesity

A new type of stomach-filling balloon can help people drop pounds, and it doesn't require any surgery to place it, researchers reported Thursday. Patients can just swallow the deflated balloon, and doctors can use a narrow catheter to fill it with water. The ... More...
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