Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

spittle

Definition:(noun) A clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches.
Synonyms:saliva
Usage: Her face…was distorted with passion, and in her tumultuous speech the spittle dribbled over her lips.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Categories of Prepositions

Most prepositions have multiple usages and meanings. Generally speaking, prepositions can be divided into which eight categories? More...
Article of the Day

Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, appear in Roman mythology as the twin sons of the war god Mars and priestess Rhea Silvia. Thrown into the Tiber River as infants, they were found by a she-wolf who nursed them and a shepherd who raised them. The two later built a city on the site where they were saved from the river, but an argument during its construction led Romulus to kill Remus. In its early days, Rome lacked female inhabitants, so Romulus organized the kidnapping of whom? More...
This Day in History

The Morecambe Bay Cockling Disaster (2004)

At low tide, the sand flats of England's Morecambe Bay are rich in cockles, or edible saltwater clams. However, gathering them can be dangerous, as the bay is subject to treacherous, fast-moving tides. In 2004, 23 Chinese immigrants who had been at work collecting cockles on the sand flats drowned after becoming trapped by the incoming tide. The leader of the group was later convicted of manslaughter for failing to warn them about the tide. Whose attempt to warn them unfortunately went unheeded? More...
Today's Birthday

Belle Starr (1848)

Though her only criminal conviction was for the theft of a horse, Starr associated with numerous criminals throughout her life and was portrayed after her death as a notorious American outlaw, earning the nickname "the Bandit Queen." Two of her husbands were killed in the course of their respective criminal careers, and days before her 41st birthday, Starr herself was ambushed and shot in the back as she returned to her Oklahoma ranch. Her murder was never solved. Who were some of the suspects? More...
Quotation of the Day
Appeal, v.t.: In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lose (one's) faith (in something or someone)

To stop believing (in someone or something); to become disillusioned, embittered, or doubtful (about something or someone). (When said simply as "lose faith," it is often in reference to losing religious faith in God.) More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Johan Runeberg (2018)

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is widely regarded as Finland's greatest poet. Schools throughout Finland are closed on Runeberg's birthday. Busts and pictures of him are displayed in shop windows, particularly in Helsinki. A special ceremony is observed at Runeberg's monument in the Esplanade, where his statue is decorated with garlands of pine and spruce, suspended between four huge torches. At night the torches are lit, and lighted candles burn in the windows of houses and apartments. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spends

cabbage pounder - An inept golfer who spends a lot of time in the rough. More...

carpet knight - A knight who spends his time in luxury and idleness—knighted on the carpet at court rather than on the field of battle. More...

mouse potato - A person who spends too much time on the computer, patterned on couch potato. More...

spendthrift - One who spends the "thrift" or earnings/wealth of another. More...

In the News

Researchers Discover 'Anxiety Cells' In The Brain

Scientists have found specialized brain cells in mice that appear to control anxiety levels. The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders, which affect nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. "The ... More...
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