Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

annunciation

Definition:(noun) A formal public statement.
Synonyms:proclamation, declaration, announcement
Usage: A long and dramatic drum-roll signaled that a royal annunciation was about to be delivered.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Object Complements

Sometimes a verb is not complete with only a direct object, especially when that direct object is a person. More information about the object's relationship with the verb is required to form a complete thought. This additional information is known as the "object complement." Without an object complement, what question are we left asking about the direct object? More...
Article of the Day

Handedness

The term handedness refers to the habitual or more skillful use of one hand as opposed to the other. Approximately 90% of people are right-hand dominant, and a number of biological, sociological, and environmental theories have been proposed to explain the trend. In 2007, researchers discovered the LRRTM1 gene, the first gene linked to an increased likelihood of left-handedness. Many cultures have associated "lefties" with evil or bad luck. What is one advantage associated with left-handedness? More...
This Day in History

Routledge Expedition Arrives at Easter Island (1914)

Today known by its traditional name of Rapa Nui, Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited locations on Earth. The first study of the island by outsiders was undertaken by British archaeologist Katherine Routledge, who spent 16 months on Rapa Nui studying its indigenous Polynesian culture. She interviewed residents and catalogued the island's now-famous stone statues. Her scholarship proved to be invaluable to later researchers. Why did Routledge's husband eventually have her kidnapped? More...
Today's Birthday

Sam Walton (1918)

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri during the Great Depression, Walton opened his first five-and-dime franchise in Arkansas in 1945. Seventeen years later, he opened his first Wal-Mart and began developing the Wal-Mart company into a national chain of massive, centrally controlled discount stores in small towns. By the time Walton died in 1992, his family was the wealthiest in the US, and Wal-Mart had become the country's largest retailer. How was Walton forced out of his first store? More...
Quotation of the Day
I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the offices, both private and public, of peace and war.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

man up

To deal with something in a more brave, stoic, or masculine way than one has done so hitherto. (Usually used imperatively.) More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Martyrs' Day (2018)

Madagascar Martyrs' Day memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Madagascar had been a French colony since 1896 and then was named an overseas territory within the French Union in the 1946 constitution. On March 29, 1947, the people staged a nationalist uprising against colonial forces. Casualties from the conflict were reported as high as 80,000. French military courts tried the leaders of the revolt and executed 20. On March 29, the Malagasy government and people remember those patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country's freedom. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tails

comet - Has a tail, and gets its name from Greek kometes, "long-haired star." More...

bangs - The practice of cutting horses' tails the same length was called "banging off," which led to this term for a woman's hairstyle. More...

soup-and-fish - Refers to the attire of white tie and tails. More...

tailgate - Originally a gate that dropped down at the tail of a wagon. More...

In the News

Scientists Have Turned Spinach Leaves into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with veins that can transport blood. To tackle a chronic shortage of donor organs, scientists have been working on growing various tissues and even ... More...
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