Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

fleecy

Definition:(adjective) Having soft nap produced by brushing.
Synonyms:napped, brushed
Usage: Though the train was unbearably cold, she snuggled into the fleecy lining of her coat and promptly fell asleep.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Exclamation Points

An exclamation point or exclamation mark ( ! ) is a punctuation mark commonly used to express strong, intense emotions in declarations. When is an exclamation point in parentheses used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Skating Minister

The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch is an oil painting better known as The Skating Minister. Completed in the 1790s, the work was practically unknown until 1949, but it is now one of Scotland's most famous paintings. Although it is traditionally attributed to Scottish portrait painter Sir Henry Raeburn, some have argued that the painting was actually made by French artist Henri-Pierre Danloux. What evidence do they cite to support these claims? More...
This Day in History

Ireland Legalizes Divorce (1997)

The culture of Ireland has long been strongly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, to which most of the country belongs. Thus, until 1997, the Republic of Ireland had no legal provision for divorce—and though many couples were living apart, they were not free to remarry other people. Once the divorce legislation was passed, the number of separated couples in Ireland did increase but not dramatically. Despite the position of the Church in Ireland, what pagan customs still persist there? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Hamilton (1869)

A pioneer in industrial toxicology and the first female faculty member at Harvard University, Hamilton became an authority on lead poisoning and a worldwide specialist in occupational diseases. Her services as an authority on industrial conditions, ailments, and poisons were eagerly sought by government agencies, and her reports on substances such as lead and rubber resulted in improved safety standards in industrial workplaces across the US. Her name was once included in what unlikely list? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

(as) mad as a wet hen

Enraged; extremely or inconsolably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

Equirria (2018)

Tradition holds that Romulus, one of the mythical founders of Rome, began the Equirria. This festival was held on both February 27 and March 14. The Equirria mainly involved racing horses and was dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of war. Scholars don't know why there were two annual Equirrias little more than two weeks apart from each other, but one theory is that these were occasions to publicly begin training horses and men for the military excursions Roman soldiers undertook in the spring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrist

dolman sleeve - One that is much wider at the arm-hole than it is at the wrist, patterned on a Turkish robe. More...

rasceta, rascettes - The deep transverse creases across your wrist at the base of the palm are rasceta or rascettes. More...

carpus - In humans, it is the group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand. More...

wrist - The wrist of the foot is the instep or ankle. More...

In the News

What Would Life Be Like on the TRAPPIST-1 Planets?

The TRAPPIST-1 system is home to seven planets that are about the size of Earth and potentially just the right temperature to support life. So how would life on these alien worlds be different than life on Earth? Here are some of the major ... More...
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