Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

tangential

Definition:(adjective) Only superficially relevant; divergent.
Synonyms:digressive
Usage: His tangential anecdotes added much-needed humor to the talk, though some found the digressions tiresome.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Interjections

An interjection is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. Capable of standing alone, interjections are grammatically unrelated to any other part of a sentence. What are interjections also known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Antonine Plague

Lasting from 165 to 180 CE, the Antonine Plague was a pandemic, either of smallpox or measles, brought to the Roman Empire by troops returning from campaigns in the Near East. The epidemic killed off entire towns and claimed the lives of two Roman emperors—Lucius Verus and his co-regent Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whose family name was given to the plague. It resurged again nine years later and had drastic social and political effects throughout the empire. What was its estimated death toll? More...
This Day in History

Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji Begins (1707)

Majestic Mount Fuji, located about 60 mi (100 km) from Tokyo, is the tallest mountain in Japan. The beauty of the snowcapped symmetrical cone, ringed by lakes and virgin forests, has inspired Japanese poets and painters throughout the centuries. Though the volcano is classified as active, its last major eruption began on December 16, 1707, and ended in early 1708. As a sacred mountain, Mount Fuji is a traditional pilgrimage site, but the Aokigahara forest at its base is a popular site for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Mead (1901)

A prolific writer and avid speaker, anthropologist Margaret Mead was instrumental in popularizing the anthropological concept of culture in the US. Though many later anthropologists have questioned both the accuracy of her observations and the soundness of her conclusions, she remains highly regarded for her many contributions to the field. Over the course of her career, Mead made numerous field trips to observe the peoples of Oceania. What honor was awarded to her posthumously? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

(Go) tell it/that to Sweeney!

dated A scornful or incredulous response to a story or statement that one does not believe or finds ridiculous. More...
Today's Holiday

Posadas (2018)

This nine-day Christmas celebration in Mexico commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph (the parents of Jesus) took to Bethlehem. Reenacting their search for shelter (posada in Spanish) in which Jesus might be born, a group of "pilgrims" will knock on someone's door and ask the owner to let them in. The master of the house finally invites them to enter and the Posadas party begins. The children are blindfolded and given a chance to break the piñata by swinging at it with a stick. The posadas are repeated for nine evenings, the last occurring on Christmas Eve. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: production

arborization - The production of a treelike structure. More...

Broca's area - An area of the brain involved with the production of speech; it was named after P. Paul Broca, a French surgeon. More...

economic, economical - Economic means "pertaining to the production and use of income," and economical is "avoiding waste, being careful of resources." More...

value-added tax - A tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production. More...

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