Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

anonym

Definition:(noun) A pseudonym.
Synonyms:nom de guerre, pseudonym
Usage: Aware that all kinds of people would be reading the bulletin board, he used an anonym when posting messages on it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose vs. Who's

Beware of the common error of confusing "whose" and "who's." "Whose" is an interrogative adjective or pronoun. What is "who's"? More...
Article of the Day

The Plague Riot

In the spring of 1771, an outbreak of bubonic plague swept through Moscow. Authorities instituted a number of policies in an attempt to contain the epidemic, but the severe measures were unpopular with the general public. Factories and stores were shut down, and the economy was essentially at a standstill. Fearful, and faced with acute food shortages, the people took to the streets in an uprising that would later be known as the Plague Riot. What was done to the bell that mobilized the rioters? More...
This Day in History

The Sicilian Vespers Rebellion (1282)

By 1282, the French Angevin dynasty had controlled of the island of Sicily for decades. However, at the start of the traditional vespers service on Easter Monday, an uprising spontaneously broke out following a seemingly isolated altercation in which local residents sparred with French soldiers. The revolt spread like wildfire, and soon the Sicilians had massacred almost every French person on the island. What reportedly started the confrontation between the Sicilians and the soldiers? More...
Today's Birthday

Naomi Sims (1948)

Often considered the first black supermodel, Sims was teased as an adolescent for her unusual height. While attending college, she attempted to earn money by securing modeling work but was frustrated by the racism of established agencies. Instead, she forged her own connections, achieving wide success and recognition in the 1960s and 70s before retiring to found a beauty-product empire. What film role did she turn down in 1972 due to the film's exploitative portrayal of African Americans? More...
Quotation of the Day
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a man/woman on a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what he or she wants. More...
Today's Holiday

Ta'anit Bechorot (Fast of the Firstborn) (2018)

The Fast of the Firstborn is the only fast in the Jewish calendar which is neither an atonement for sin nor a fast of petition. Observed only symbolically by firstborn male Jews on the day before Passover, its main purpose appears to be to remind Jews of the Angel of Death's slaying of the Egyptians' firstborn sons and the miraculous escape of their own sons. The obligation to fast can be avoided by participating in a siyyum—the study of a particular passage of the Talmud. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slope

escarpment, scarp, palisade(s) - A cliff formation or line of cliffs can be called an escarpment, scarp (from Italian scarpa, "slope"), or palisade(s). More...

scree - A mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain. More...

katabatic - Skiing is a katabatic sport—moving down a slope or valley. More...

scarp - To slope, cut a steep face. More...

In the News

Blood Test Can Detect Concussions Even Days Later

Concussions can be tricky to diagnose. Making it even harder, sometimes people brush off a head injury at first and only days later decide to see a doctor. But soon physicians may have a new tool to help. A study by researchers from Orlando Regional ... More...
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