Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

buskin

Definition:(noun) A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.
Synonyms:half boot
Usage: He wore pale yellow buskins that covered the scars just above his ankles.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plurals

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s." What are some irregular plurals? More...
Article of the Day

Smog

A combination of the words "smoke" and "fog," smog is a kind of air pollution that plagues cities throughout the world. Smog can form in almost any climate but is worse during periods of warm, sunny weather, when it can build up to dangerous levels and cause a number of health problems. It has even led to acute incidents in which thousands of people in a single metropolitan area have been killed. In what city did the Great Smog of 1952 kill approximately 4,000 people over a four-day period? More...
This Day in History

Diocletian Publishes Edict Calling for Persecution of Christians (303 CE)

Though the Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered the persecution of Christians several times, his so-called Great Persecution began with an official edict. Churches were razed, scriptures burned, and practitioners executed. A few years later, he became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate, after which he retired to Croatia to grow cabbages in peace. The reign of Constantine soon made Christianity the empire's preferred religion. When asked to return to the throne, how did Diocletian reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques de Vaucanson (1709)

The mechanically gifted 10th child of a French glove-maker, Vaucanson created some of the world's first robots. His famous gold-plated "Digesting Duck" had hundreds of moving parts and could eat, drink, and defecate. In 1745, weavers pelted Vaucanson with stones when he created the first fully-automated loom, which utilized punch-card technology. Decades later, his ideas would prove pivotal to the Industrial Revolution. How many songs could his mechanical flutist perform? More...
Quotation of the Day
That's the reason they're called lessons...because they lessen from day to day.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

the inmates are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. More...
Today's Holiday

N'cwala (2018)

In 1835, the Ngoni tribe left South Africa and moved into what is now the country of Zambia. The N'cwala festival celebrates the tribe's satisfaction with its environs since that time, and also marks the beginning of the harvest. This is a festival of thanksgiving and people congregate in the village of Mutenguleni, including the paramount chief. Groups of dancers display their skills for the chief, who traditionally chooses one group as having outdone the others. The chief is also responsible for being the first to sample the season's new foods and blessing it for the people. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: threat

boast - First meant "threaten" or "threat." More...

gunboat diplomacy - Foreign policy carried out with the backing of the threat or use of military force. More...

ostrichism - Self-delusion, a refusal to cope with something, such as a threat—figuratively hiding one's head in the sand, as the animal is mistakenly thought to do. More...

threat - A word for a throng or crowd of people. More...

In the News

Good News, 'Cat Ladies' - Owning the Pets Doesn't Pose Any Risk to Mental Health

The 'crazy cat lady' is a cruel stereotype often applied to female cat owners – but contrary to previous research, owning a cat isn't bad for your mental health. Previous studies had suggested that a parasite carried by cats was linked to depression in humans – and ... More...
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