Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

ampoule

Definition:(noun) A small glass vial that is sealed after filling and used chiefly as a container for a hypodermic injection solution.
Synonyms:phial, vial
Usage: Because of his medical condition, he was obligated to carry an ampoule of medicine and a hypodermic needle with him at all times.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

Ferromagnetism

Ferromagnetism is a form of magnetism that can be acquired in an external magnetic field and is usually retained in its absence. Thus, ferromagnetic materials like iron and nickel are used to make permanent magnets. This type of magnetism is caused by spinning electrons in the atoms of the material, which act as tiny weak magnets. They align parallel to each other within small regions of the material to form areas of stronger magnetism. What other substances exhibit ferromagnetism? More...
This Day in History

Romanos Is Crowned Co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (920 CE)

Romanos advanced through the ranks of the Byzantine military to become an influential figure in the royal court. In May 919, he arranged for the marriage of his daughter to the teenage Emperor Constantine VII and was declared "Father of the Emperor." The next year, he was crowned co-emperor, and he then made his own sons co-emperors. However, in 944, Romanos's sons arrested him and made him become a monk to prevent him from naming Constantine VII his successor. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

William Safire (1929)

Safire was an American journalist and a speechwriter for US President Richard Nixon, who once ordered Safire's phone be tapped. In 1973, Safire became a syndicated political columnist for The New York Times, a post he held until 2005. A master of wordplay, he also wrote regularly on language-related topics. After Safire wrote a column in which he insulted a first lady, a White House aide remarked that if the president were not the president, he would have responded in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

let it rest

To cease discussing or dwelling upon a given subject. More...
Today's Holiday

Saturnalia (2017)

This Ancient Roman Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held in honor of Saturn, the father of the gods, and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order. Grudges and quarrels were forgotten; businesses, courts, and schools closed down; and masquerading or change of dress between the sexes often occurred. The festivities were characterized by various kinds of excesses—giving rise to the modern use of the term saturnalian, which is used to describe "unrestrained license and revelry." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoon

runcible spoon - A three-pronged fork curved like a spoon and used as a serving utensil. More...

cochleare - A spoon or spoonful of a medical prescription. More...

spoon bread - Soft cornbread served with a spoon; it is also called egg bread or butter bread. More...

toe - The outer edge of a spoon. More...

In the News

A Thai Man Faces Nearly 40 Years in Jail for Insulting the King's Dog

A Thai man faces up to 37 years in prison for mocking the king's dog over social media, an apparent violation of Thailand's stringent laws against insults aimed at the country's monarchy. Authorities arrested factory worker Thanakorn Siripaiboon at his ... More...
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