Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

demean

Definition:(verb) Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally.
Synonyms:degrade, disgrace, put down
Usage: The CEO makes it a point to regularly demean employees in front of their colleagues, as he believes that a little public humiliation goes a long way in keeping people in their places.
Article of the Day

The Ormulum

Written in about 1180 by an Augustinian canon of Lincolnshire named Ormin, the Ormulum is a collection of homilies on the Gospels consisting of almost 19,000 lines of Middle English verse. Because Ormin uses his own system of spelling to indicate the proper pronunciation of his words, the Ormulum is invaluable to philologists studying Middle English phonology and tracing the development of English through the Norman conquests. Who is Walter, mentioned in the work’s dedication? More...
This Day in History

Kyoto Protocol Is Adopted (1997)

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to fight global warming that calls on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was adopted during a UN Conference on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Later that year, international representatives settled the details necessary to convert the agreement into a binding international treaty, and it came into force in 2005 after ratification by more than 125 nations. What nations declined to adopt the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Hector Berlioz (1803)

Berlioz was a French Romantic composer. He studied music in Paris against his parents' wishes, and his first great score, Symphonie fantastique, became a landmark of the Romantic era. An impassioned and contentious critic, he was constantly at war with the musical establishment. Although he was the most compelling French musical figure of his time, his distinctive compositional style kept almost all his music out of the repertory until the mid-20th century. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

have a/the wolf by the ear(s)

To be in a difficult situation from which it is as dangerous to extricate oneself as it is to remain in it. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2016)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"); more than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
In the News

Irregular Work Schedules Could Raise Diabetes Risk

Women whose job schedules are irregular and include both day and night shifts may be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The longer women maintain a schedule that rotates through day and night shifts, the greater the risk becomes. Researchers found that female nurses who worked periodic night shifts for three years were 20 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who worked day shifts exclusively. Those who had 20 years of shift work under their belts were 60 percent more likely to develop the disease. More...
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